Curtis is a pinball veteran, but he believes young players will be drawn to the game, too.
Aviana Smith is on her way to the national championship.
The Cubits this year helped to organize Iowa’s first state pinball championship. The competition was Feb. 11 at the home of fellow enthusiast Chris Gray in Grimes.
Every pinball machine is calibrated a little differently, and every game — with its lights a-flashin’ and varying buzzers and bells — demands different skills and strategies, leaving players with games they like and games they don’t.
“Yeah, there was only three people from Kentucky period last year so it was good to keep it in Kentucky is the first goal – to get someone from Kentucky to win but to bring it here was pretty fun,”
For nearly five hours, Birrell and Colin Urban made their way up the ladder. Each bested three other opponents before facing off against each other in the final round.
Throughout the year local tournaments are held in Fargo to determine seeding for the National tournament.
Expect the ten taps and the nine tables to rotate regularly.
As players warmed up amid a cacophony of clacking flippers and bonus-point bells, plungers were pulled back and released, sending silver balls springing into rapid routes and ricocheting off blinking bumpers.