PAPA 16 features six divisions of play, three of which are skill divisions. There is no official doubles play (except for certain mini-tournaments), and we do not have a separate Women's division. Women are capable players just like anyone else, and should enter in whichever division they choose!
The three skill divisions are designated A, B, and C. The C division is suitable for casual players, first-time competitors, and other novices. The B division is suitable for players with league or tournament experience, or anyone looking for a greater challenge and potential reward. The A division is for league or tournament champions and other world-class players.
The special divisions may be entered by any player who meets requirements, independent of entries in other divisions. The Juniors division is open to players 16 years of age or younger. The Seniors division is open to players 50 years of age or older. The Classics division is open to all players, and utilizes only pinball machines released at least 20 years before the date of the tournament; Classics will always include some electromechanical models. Note that the Classics division has special rules and schedules which do not apply to other divisions, and that each day of Classics is treated as a separate event with its own final rounds. You may not play in the finals of Classics III and Seniors because of a schedule conflict; any player who qualifies in both divisions must pick only one.
Each registered player must choose only one skill division in which to play. A player may choose to move to a higher skill division, automatically voiding all entries in lower divisions (no refunds are provided), but no player may move to a lower division without special permission from tournament officials.
The following restrictions are designed to discourage any player from intentionally competing beneath his or her level of skill:
|A||B||C||Classics I + II + III||Juniors||Seniors|
|1st Place||$10,000||$4,000||$1,000||$1,000 + $1,000 + $1,000||$500||$500||and trophy|
|2nd Place||$4,000||$2,000||$500||$500 + $500 + $500||$300||$300||and plaque|
|3rd Place||$2,000||$1,000||$300||$300 + $300 + $300||$200||$200||and plaque|
|4th Place||$1,000||$500||$200||$200 + $200 + $200||$100||$100||and plaque|
|5th-8th Place||$350||$250||$100||$100 + $100 + $100||$50||$50|
|9th-16th Place||$150||$125||$50||$50 + $50 + $50|
|Target Scores||$100 Prizes for Specific One-Day Scores, to be announced|
|Total Prize Package: $45,000+!|
The winner of the A Division will also receive the title "World Pinball Champion".
All competing players are required to register before playing any qualifying rounds. Registration is only $5, and allows each player to purchase as many subsequent entries as he or she likes. Pre-registration is not required. Any player may register at the tournament itself whenever qualifying rounds are open.