Chicago Pinball League.


The Chicago league was started in 1998 by Don Coons, Keith Johnson, Greg Dunlap and Lyman F. Sheats Jr. We originally started as a doubles only league at Just For Fun Games in Palatine, Il. We have evolved into a singles league utilizing PAPA scoring at individual collectors homes.



We break up the players into groups of 3 or 4 seeded by total cummulative points (the first session we seed by past results, and new players start at the bottom). You then move up or down groups, based on your point total. Each session we play 5 4 person games on different machines, with points given as follows: 7 for 1st, 5 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, and 1 for 4th (or 7, 4, 1 for a 3 person group). A total of 35 would be the max a player could achieve in a single night, but it's a rare occurrence. Add up the points for a season and that's your rank. At the end of the regular season we split the group into "A" (top 14 players), and "B" (next 14 players). We then have an end of season double elimination tournament to determine final standings. It's a pretty good system and allows you to play against players of similar ability for handicapping purposes. Note: If you miss a session you remain at the same seed you were at for the next session you attend.

New for 2014: The following players will be restricted to A finals only: Steve Bowden, Raymond Davidson, Andy Bagwell, Keith Johnson, and Jason Werdrick.


League fees are $25 per person for the prize fund, plus an additional $50 for those that cannot host. The prize fund is used for end of year trophies and cash prizes for the top finishers. The hosting money is put in pool and divided equally between those that host to help defer refreshment costs. All monies are paid back 100% at the end of every league.


Pre-playing is NOT allowed. If an individual is absent he/she stays at their current seed for the next session. Absents will be handles as follows: 1st absent 50% of league average, 2nd absent 25% of league average, 3rd absent 0% of league average. Note: that is your league AVERAGE, so the score for your absent session will go up or down based on your future performance. An individual who misses 3 or more league sessions will lose their spot in league for the next season, and be returned to the bottom of the wait list.

Addition for 2017: At the end of the season a players low score will be dropped. Seeding for finals will be based on a players score once this is done.

New for 2024: we will be using matchplay for each session and groups can enter their scores upon completion of their round. This eliminates the sheets and also helps determine pairings as only those that are present will be in the system for the evening. Groups will be based on seed to begin each session. We will then use swiss tiered matchplay to determine rounds 2-5 each night. We will also use random game selection and random order generated from matchplay. This will allow people to play in similar ranked groups as the evening progresses. The total for each session will then be your total for the evening and determination on where you will start the next session. Absents will be handled as previous years and finals will not change.

Past Results

1998 Results
1999 Results
2000 Results
2001 Results
2002 Results
2003 Results
2004 Results
2005 Results
2006 Results
2007 Results
2008 Results
2009 Results
2010 Results
2011 Results
2012 Results
2013 Results
2014 Results
2015 Results
2016 Results
2017 Results
2018 Results
2019 Results
2020 Results
2023 Results
2024 Results

back to pinball-league main