Bi-Monthly Tuesday Tournaments at Vitus
Current Pinball Machines:
Theatre of Magic
These tournaments will be laid back, have a beer and play some pinball with other local enthusiasts, kind of thing. Sure, you want to win, but the emphasis is on friendly competition with some good-nature’d smack talk sprinkled in.
If you aren’t that good, don’t worry! We will teach you how to play. We’ll show you all the fancy moves and whip you into a pinball wizard.
Price: Five bucks, plus coin drop. All the $5 entries are paid back to winners.
Where: Vitus. 201 Broadway Street (2nd and Broadway). From SF take BART to 12th street. It’s about a ten or 15 minute walk from 12th street to 2nd street. You can also take the following buses: 72, 72R, 72M.
When: Once or twice each month on Tuesday. Always check the Calendar before heading down, though.
7pm start time. You must be signed in by 6:50 to play. The typical run time is 3 to 4 hours.
Format: I’ll rotate some popular formats such as Double-Elimination, Group Play, Time Attack, etc, as well as try a few whacky, fun formats. Some formats will award World Pinball Player Ranking points.
How long?: Well, if you go out in the first round you will probably be done by 8:30. If you go the distance, figure on around 11pm.
Food: Vitus has some tasty eats. Happy hour is currently 5pm to 7pm with $5 appetizers and full menu consisting o burgers, pizzas, tacos, salads and much more!
ATM: There is an ATM at Vitus and also a Bank of America ATM one block away across from the Jack London Cinema.
Parking: Street parking is usually okay, but there is also a parking garage one block away that is not expensive.
Payouts and Prizes: Will depend on format. All entry money is paid back to players. In a typical elimination format, payouts will go to top 4 to 6 players. I often receive other prizes, like food/drink coupons, free passes, pinball posters, T shirts, etc. which are either awarded or raffled off.