The Open IFPA World Championship & Other INDISC Tournaments

PLEASE NOTE: A valid INDISC Pinball Festival pass must be purchased for admission to the Museum of Pinball during this tournament.

TL:DR – Changes for 2020

  • Main Division is now The Open – IFPA World Championships.
  • The Open Playoffs – 40 players to “A” finals, 16 players to “B” finals.
  • Youth and Seniors are sub-divisions of The Open. No finals, top 4 from each at 5:30pm Saturday win prizes.
  • Classics Target Match Play Championship added for Thursday, limited to 100 players.
  • Classics I & II Playoffs expanded to 32 players.
  • Women’s Playoffs expanded to 16 players.
  • High Stakes and Women’s will share the same bank of games.

Quick Overview

With the exception of the Classics Target Match Play Championships, the It Never Drains in Southern California (INDISC) tournaments consist of open card-based qualifying and match play final rounds. During open qualifying, each player may purchase as many cards as they like to attempt to qualify for the final rounds. A point system is used to rank each player’s score on each machine. Those who possess the highest ranking cards at the end of qualifying will participate in the match play final rounds.

In the final rounds, qualifying players play against each other in multiplayer games. A [different] point system is used to determine who advances to the next round and, ultimately, who wins the division.

The Classics Target Match Play Championships is a separate, single day event limited to 100 players. Players will be placed into four-player groups (occasionally three-player) to compete on an individual, randomly selected machine. Points will be awarded based upon performance on that machine (3/2/1/0) (3/2/1 for 3 player groups) and added to a running total for the tournament. The first player to reach the target value of 30 points will be crowned INDISC Classics Target Match Play Champion for 2020 and end the tournament.


The Open will be held on a bank of 16-18 tournament games. The Open division cards are $20 each with 5 games recorded on each card. Those players who finish in positions 1-40 will qualify for the “A” division playoffs. Players eligible for the “B” division who finished in positions 41-56 will qualify for the “B” division playoffs. Should The Open reach more than 400 active players, playoffs will be expanded as determined by the tournament directors.

The Open will also host two sub-divisions, Seniors and Youth. Players eligible for Seniors and Youth will be ranked in the primary The Open divisions as well as their eligible division. The top 4 from each sub-division as of 5:30pm on Saturday will win prizes. There are no playoffs for the Seniors or Youth sub-divisions. Eligible Youth players must be 12 years of age or younger. Eligible Senior players must be 55 years of age or older.

Two separate Classics division tournaments (one on Friday, January 10th, one on Saturday, January 11th) will be held on older Electromechanical and/or Solid State games. Classic division cards are $15 each with 4 games recorded on each card. Those players who finish in positions 1-32 will qualify for Classics playoffs which will take place on the evening of each event.

The Women’s division tournament will be held on a bank of 5-6 tournament games, shared with the High Stakes tournament. Women’s division cards are $15 each with 4 games recorded on each card. Women’s and High Stakes cards must be played individually and do not count in both tournaments. Cards must be played to completion before a new Women’s or High Stakes card may be opened. Those who finish in positions 1-16 will qualify for the Women’s playoffs.

Finally, the High Stakes tournament will be held on a bank of 5-6 tournament games, shared with the Women’s tournament. High Stakes division cards are $50 each with 4 games recorded on each card. Those who finish in positions 1-8 will qualify for the High Stakes playoffs.

Any player ranked in the top 250 of the World Pinball Player Rankings at the time the tournament begins shall not be eligible to play in any “B” playoffs. If a player is in such a position, the next lower eligible player shall qualify instead. The previous year “B” division INDISC champions must enter the “A” Division at the following year’s tournament. At the discretion of the tournament officials, any other player whose past tournament performance indicates that they should be treated as an “A” player may be also ineligible for the “B” division. [They probably know who they are.]

Visit the Schedule page for more details on qualifying and playoff times.


Tickets to the INDISC Festival can be pre-purchased via at the following rates until December 31st, 2019:

Adult full 4-day event pass – $150, includes 2 free The Open cards
Adult single day Thurs, Fri, Sun – $45
Adult single day Sat – $55
Kids single day – $20

Tickets will also be available at the door but at a slightly higher price.

The Museum of Pinball is graciously supplying $15 into the overall tournament prize pool for each player entering into any of the INDISC tournaments.

Cards for each tournament can be purchased for the following rates:

Combo #1: 2 The Open Cards, 2 Classics Cards, and 1 High Stakes Card for $100 (a $20 discount)
High Stakes: $50 for 1 Card
The Open: $20 for 1 Card (Youth $10)
: $15 for 1 Card
Women’s: $15 for 1 Card

Unplayed /incomplete cards will not be refunded—please plan accordingly.

For more info on the format, rules, fees, payouts and other details, please visit the INDISC Tournament Rules page.