Bluffs Pinball League

Bluffs Pinball League is a casually competitive league.  The main overall goal is to have fun, and play pinball in a relaxed atmosphere.  While competition is an element, it is not the primary element.  We are about being social and enjoying ourselves while we play the games.

The league is hosted at Bluffs Pinball, which is located south of the intersection of Brimley and Eglinton in Toronto, and is easy to get to via car and TTC.  The exact location will be given when you register via the Contact tab.

The machines are from private collections, being made available to us to play.  As such, treat them with respect.

To Register

Please click on the Contact tab, fill it out and we will get back to you ASAP with detailed directions.

Summer Season 2017

Summer Season will begin on July 6 and conclude on August 24th.  We will play 8 meets, dropping your bottom 2 scores.  Double headers will be available each week provided we have enough interest to form a group.  Cost is $10 per meet.  There will be no league fee, trophies or awards this season.

Bluffs Pinball Championships

On Saturday July 8 and Thursday August 31 we will play our End of Season Tournaments.  Cost is $20 for league members, $30 for others and includes the Pinball, a Shawarma or Falaffel sandwich, snacks, drinks and awards.  Tournament starts at 5 pm sharp, and is 4 player matchplay with no new rounds after 9:30.  We will play a Playoff 3 game elimination bracket with as close to 50% of the field as possible qualifying.  All eliminated players will play one game with score deciding final placement.  See here for an example.

Season 5

Season 5 will commence on Thursday April 6th 2017 and will conclude on June 15th.  We will play two Thursdays and one Friday each month..  We will have a total of 9 meets, and the top 6 scores will count towards your final point total.   Season fee is $20, meet fee is $10. You must play at least 3 meets for your participation to count towards the IFPA submission.

Bluffs After Dark

Bluffs After Dark is a 3 or 4 strike elimination tournament that will take place as a regular side event to our Friday League nights.  The entry fee is $10, half of which goes to the prize pool. The prize pool is divided between the winner and a randomly drawn participant.

This will not run during Thursday night events, except during the summer season.

Summer at the Bluffs

There will be 3 Summer at the Bluffs events this summer.

July 22 - Critical Hit Tournament.  A new cards based variation on the traditional matchplay tournament, all the details are on the Facebook event page. $20 to play, with 50% to the club for expenses and 50% to the prize pool.  Snacks and drinks will be served.

August 10 - Pingolf - An 18 hole course will be set up, with a head to head playoff to follow.  $20 to enter, 50% to the prize pool.

August 20 - Best Game Tournament, Main and Classic Divisions.  Eight machines will be set up in each division, with the best 5 scores counting.  Your $20 entry gets you 20 tickets.  Classic Division closes at 7 pm with playoffs commencing immediately, and the main division closes at 8 pm with the playoffs starting immediately.  Qualifying opens at 1 pm for both divisions.  Volunteers needed to assist with scorekeeping.  You will need data on your phone or tablet to enter scores.

The Rules

The mandate for Bluffs Pinball is to have fun, and enjoy some competitive pinball in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Each group will play 8 games per week, usually drawn from a balance on EM, SS and DMD machines, however, this may be altered depending on machines in need of repair, etc.  Scores will consist of points from all 8 machines played.  First place on each machine will get 4, second place will get 3, third place will get 2, fourth place will get 1.  A 3 player group will score 4,3,2 or 4,3,1 or 4,2,1 depending on comparisons to the mean score on the machine played.

Maximum points in any given week is 32.

Groupings are determined based on the point total from the previous week played.  League administration will do their best to group players with similar scores, although this is not always possible.  Groups will consist of 4 players whenever possible, 3 when not.

Latecomers are welcome to join their groups and catch up on machines they’ve missed, however, you must text Walt ahead of time in order to be included.  If enough late players arrive who haven’t texted to form an additional group, that group may participate in that particular meet.  If the machine happens to break before you can play it, that will be recorded as a forfeit.

Generally speaking we try to follow the PAPA rules for competitive play, however, expecting those to be memorized is unreasonable and we try to be a relaxed, friendly place at all times. If you notice that we make a call that is wrong, please feel free to enlighten us later.  

Respect for machines – all of these machines are part of private collections, being made available to the league through the goodwill of their various owners.  Please treat them better than you might your own.  Anyone hitting, kicking or excessively moving/tilting/slam-tilting a machine will be asked to leave that night.  If you’re asked to leave twice, we ask that you not come back. 

Treatment of others

No harassment or abuse of others will be tolerated.  Also, while the occasional expletive can be forgiven on drains, please remember that we sometimes have children present, and it goes against our overall mandate for relaxed, fun pinball.


Any kind of rule question or disagreement, please speak to Tim, Walt or Scott for a ruling.