OPEN 2011

Date: 5th & 6th November, 2011
Location: Le Patapouf, 1-3 Kolkmanstraat, Gouda, The Netherlands.

After last year's event in the north of the country, this year's Dutch Pinball Open headed south to the city of Gouda and Le Patapouf party centre.

The La Patapouf party centre
The La Patapouf party centre

Entry to the venue cost €10 ($13.75) for the Saturday, €7.50 ($10.30) for Sunday or €15 for the two days.  Those were the prices for members of the Dutch Pinball Association (NFV) and overseas visitors.  For everyone else, entry was another €5 per day.

In addition, most of the adult tournaments being held across the weekend had its own entry fee.  The Dutch Pinball Open cost €17.50 per person, the Team Tournament was €25 per team of four and the Ladies Tournament €7.50.  There was also a Junior Tournament, although that was free with show entry.

The entry desk
The entry desk

At the entry desk, visitors could buy assorted NFV souvenirs and pinball items such as manuals, postcards, licence plate holders, stickers, printed canvases and framed posters.

Behind the desk on the window sill were the trophies up for grabs over the two days.

The trophies for the tournaments
The trophies for the tournaments

At the end of the entry desk was the newest game at the event, a Stern Tron Pro.  Like all the non-tournament games it was set to free play, but play was restricted to one game at a time, with the start button remote controlled from the entry desk on request.


Opposite the entry desk was the bar, where hot and cold drinks could be bought, together with hot food such as burgers, fries, bread rolls with ham, cheese or smoked sausage, rolls, meatballs and mixed hors d'oeurvs.

The bar
The bar

Sodas and Heineken beer were €2, wine was €3, hamburgers were €2.50 and french fries €2, with purchases being made with tokens which could be bought at the entry desk (presumably due to some licensing restrictions on paying directly in cash).

The menu (prices in Euros)
The menu (prices in Euros)

For those who like to smoke, an outdoors covered and heated seating area was available.

The smoking area
The smoking area

But what of the games and the competitions I hear you ask.  Well, there were plenty of both, so let's start with the games.

There were 53 games in the free play area, 6 in the Classics Tournament section and another 19 in the DPO tournament room.  Some of the time, a section of the free play area was dedicated to one of the side tournaments - the Country Tournament, the Ladies Tournament or the Junior Tournament - but the rest of the time these games were available to play.

Attack from Mars
Austin Powers
Back to the Future
Bone Busters Inc.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Cosmic Gunfight
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Demolition Man (P-ROC)
Doctor Who
Escape from the Lost World
Gilligan's Island (reverse flippers)
Harlem Globetrotters*
High Speed
Indianapolis 500
Judge Dredd
Lord of the Rings
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Medieval Madness
Old Chicago
Operation Thunder
Pirates of the Caribbean
Playboy (DE)
Scared Stiff
Star Trek (DE)
Super Mario Bros.
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Terminator 3
The Addams Family
The Addams Family
The Flintstones
The Shadow
The Sopranos
Theatre of Magic
Tron Pro
Viper Night Drivin'
Who Dunnit?
World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour

The entrance to the free play area was flanked by a Demolition Man and a Gilligan's Island.  Both had some unusual features.

Demolition Man and Gilligan's Island
Demolition Man and Gilligan's Island

While the Gilligan's Island had the flipper buttons reversed, the Demolition Man was fitted with a P-ROC board and running custom software from Dennis van de Pas and Robin van Beijnum.

Demolition Man on Steroids
Demolition Man on Steroids

The game was only at the show on Saturday, but visitors got the chance to try out the completely new set of rules, display animations and sounds Robin and Dennis had created.

Dennis was on hand to answer questions about the game
Dennis was on hand to answer questions about the game

Once visitors passed these games they were into the main part of the free play area. The first bank of games includes some rarities such as Bone Busters Inc by Premier and Gottlieb Circus.

Players in the free play area with Bone Busters Inc in the foreground
Players in the free play area with Bone Busters Inc in the foreground

The free play area was a 'T' shaped room with pins all around the outer walls.  The picture below was taken from the stem looking at the arm of the 'T'.

Players on Medieval Madness and Viper Night Drivin'
Players on Medieval Madness and Viper Night Drivin'

On the opposite wall were Back to the Future and a whole bunch of dot matrix games, such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, Tommy and Bran Stoker's Dracula.

Players in the free play area
Players in the free play area

More players in the free play area
More players in the free play area

Probably more than at any other major tournament, there was a healthy number of women and children enjoying the machines.

Younger players enjoying the free play games
Younger players enjoying the free play games

Even those who couldn't reach the flipper buttons got a helping hand or two.

An early introduction to pinball
An early introduction to pinball

The youngsters would later get the chance to play in their own tournament.

Here's our Three Minute Tour around the DPO venue:

In a side room, Saturday's visitors could buy from a wide range of pinball parts brought by Mirco Steffen's High Class Pinballs.

Players in the free play area
High Class Pinballs

High Class Pinballs are based in Hannover, Germany, but usually travel to the Dutch Pinball Open, wherever it may be held that year.  They were only set up for Saturday afternoon, but brought some very attractive looking playfields and many different parts and assemblies.

Playfields and parts
Playfields and parts

And so we come to the competitive side of the DPO and the main reason most of the visitors made the journey to Gouda this weekend.

The Dutch Pinball Open was held in a room behind the bar and it was here that 19 machines were set up for the qualifying and play-off rounds of the tournament.

DPO machines 1-9
DPO machines 1-9

Machines 10 -14
Machines 10 -14

Machine 15
Machine 15

Machines 16-19
Machines 16-19

1 - Stargate
2 - Tales from the Crypt
3 - Dirty Harry
4 - Hoops
5 - Scared Stiff
6 - Fish Tales
7 - Pinball Magic
8 - Spider-Man
9 - World Cup Soccer
10 - High Speed 2 - The Getaway
11 - Johnny Mnemonic
12 - Elvira and the Party Monsters
13 - Indianapolis 500
14 - Whitewater
15 - Monster Bash
16 - Twister
17 - Goldeneye
18 - Junkyard
19 - F-14 Tomcat

Additionally, there was one mystery machine, wrapped up and located at the end of the row above.  We'll come to that one shortly.

145 competitors took part in the DPO and for most of them, their first task was to survive the qualifying round.  Qualifying was split into two groups, the first was exclusively for players in the afternoon's Country Tournament, and game those players an early session to record their scores.  Everyone else could start their games after 3pm and qualifying continued until 9pm when the final list of qualifiers and non-qualifying positions could be published.

Players in the DPO got to choose 6 of the 19 machines and played a single 4-ball game on each of the 6.  Scores were recorded on paper after each game and all the scores on each machine were ranked. 

Players in the DPO qualifying round
Players in the DPO qualifying round

The DPO also gave players a 'joker' which they could use to replay one of their six games if they had a bad score. Players chose which of their games to replay, and if their joker game score was higher than their original score, their joker score was recorded instead.  If the joker game wasn't an improvement, they kept their original score.  This is the same system used at the EPC when it was held in the UK and like then, the joker proved a huge bonus to some players and made the difference between qualifying and not qualifying.

Players in the DPO qualifying round
Players in the DPO qualifying round

The top 30 scores on each machine earned the players ranking points, ranging from 50 points for the top score to 1 point for 30th best score.  Points were more widely spaced at the top of the table - with 46 points for second place and 42 for third - and closely bunched at the bottom of the points.

Only 40 of the 145 competitors would survive the qualifying to play in Sunday's head-to-head rounds.  The overall skill level was pretty high with few casual players taking part, leading to frustrations in the heat of the small room as competitors saw their chance of qualifying slipping away.

Players in the DPO qualifying round
Players in the DPO qualifying round

Throughout the day, as scores were written down they were passed to the tournament desk just outside the room and entered into the computer system.  This was linked to a 42" LED screen just around the corner where players could see the top scores 9 scores on each machine and the lowest ranking points-scoring score (30th place).  In addition, an overall ranking table showed the top 49 players and the 40 of those who were currently in qualifying positions.

Players check their ranking
Players check their ranking

The position of the screen led to a large crush of people at times, as groups of players checked their scores, others tried to get into, or out of, the tournament room, while right behind them others were trying to play machines which were also set up in the area.

This was also where the tournament desk was situated, where Tournament Director Ad Jonker and his assistants entered the scores.

Ad Jonker types the scores into the computer
Ad Jonker types the scores into the computer

Ad finds one score unbelieveable
Ad finds one score unbelievable

Shortly after 9pm, the results of the qualifying round were published and shown the big screen.  Here they are:

Rank Name Total
1 Daniele Celestino Acciari 278
2 Axel Bouet 214
3 Erwin Deutschlander 207
4 Stefan Karlhuber 201
5 Mark van der Gugten 191
6 Ralph Beckers 183
7 Lieven Engelbeen 181
8 Brenn Oosterbaan 176
9 Davide Delprato 174
10 David Deturck 161
10 Yan Baratte 161
12 Ernö Rotter 159
13 Vincent Chardome 158
14 Evert Brochez 152
15 Michel van den Elzen 150
16 Gerard Ypelaar 147
17 Stefan Proot 145
18 Norbert Broman 134
18 Pieter van Leijen 134
20 Peter Blakemore 131
20 Jasper van Eeden 131
22 Bas Vis 130
23 Jérémy Reynaud 128
24 Stefan Gee 123
25 Martin Ayub 122
25 Sylvain Grevin 122
25 Michel Dailly 122
28 Jaap Valent 121
28 Jochen Ludwig 121
30 Tjalling Smits 119
31 Michael Münch 117
31 Dirk Elzholz 117
33 Remco Broman 112
33 Wilbert der Kinderen 112
35 Barry Driessen 111
36 Tom Geneyn 110
36 David Gremillet 110
38 Peter Smets 107
39 Albert Medaillon 102
40 Koen Heltzel 101
41 Pascal van Wonterghem 98
42 Ben Zaad 96
42 Roman Kunovic 96
44 Jos Deboosere 95
45 Martijn van Aken 94
46 Didier Daniël Dujardin 92
47 Kevin Roelants 87
48 Alain Boulieu 86
48 Kevin van Rossum 86
48 Stan Simpson 86
51 Marcel Vissers 83
52 Peter Scheldt 80
53 Matt Vince 78
53 Phil Dixon 78
55 Tim Kreukels 77
56 Eric Buysen 76
56 Leo Stelloo 76
58 Martijn Ewalds 75
58 Guus Namink 75
60 James Lindsay 74
60 Michel Lanters 74
62 Wijnco van Helden 73
62 Gregor Zimmer 73
64 Peter van Vliet 72
64 Lida de Haan 72
66 Eric Hetem 70
67 Mark Maslow 68
68 Kate Morris 67
68 Jussi Kahola 67
70 Jeroen Wieringa 66
70 Glenn Pellis 66
72 Piet van den Berg 62
72 Joachim de Vos 62
72 Bas van Doorn 62
72 Joachim Reniers 62
76 Robert van Dam 61
76 Helen de Haan-Verbeek 61
76 Dennis Verleyen 61
79 Joeri Stroobants 60
80 Tom Loomans 59
81 Patrick Blijleven 58
81 Pascal Visser 58
83 Alex Duin 57
84 Eko Elens 55
85 Vincent Hendrikx 54
85 Stefan Schülke 54
87 Roel Franck 51
87 Sytze Meijer 51
89 Timo Valkonen 50
90 Edwin Nijs 49
91 Nico Slemmer 48
92 Arno Punt 47
92 Justin van Schooneveld 47
92 Merlijn Vink 47
95 Serf Schellen 45
96 Sebastian Aukam 43
96 Stephan Luhn 43
98 Berry van Hees 42
99 Glenn Verhoosele 41
100 Max Krefft 40
100 Dominic Clifton 40
102 Jan Anders Nilsson 39
103 Neil Fellender 38
104 John Eric Loke 37
104 Kay Kuster 37
104 Casper de Moel 37
104 Ian Graig 37
108 Robert Wegter 36
108 Arjan Neet 36
108 Stefan Toonders 36
111 Antti Peltonen 33
112 Jilles Eijking 32
113 Kelly Lembrechts 30
113 Edwin van den Berg 30
113 Joost Leerentveld 30
116 Mario Vandermeulen 29
116 Jurjen de Groot 29
118 Ben de Jong 27
118 Michaela Gerber 27
120 Erik Smit 26
121 Machteld Decloedt 25
121 Max Joore 25
121 Leo Galway 25
124 Dimitri Verhoosele 24
124 Rob Capel 24
124 Teun Jonas 24
124 Felix Krefft 24
128 Henk Brakels 23
129 Sandra van Hees 20
130 Bob Thissen 19
131 Gerrit Hurkens 18
132 Lisa Spiller 15
132 James Watson 15
134 Ronald van der Ven 14
135 Rob Brosi 12
136 Ellen Mettes 10
137 Francis Namink 7
137 Gary Hardy 7
139 Karen Galway 6
140 Erik de Jong 5
141 Tobias Löfstedt 2
141 Pascal Huisintveld 2
143 Sylvia Koijen 0
143 Martijn Mulder 0
143 Jesse van Iersel 0

Top qualifier Daniele Celestino Acciari's score of 278 points was only 22 points short of a perfect 300 points.  He achieved the top score on 4 of his 6 machines - Johnny Mnemonic, Monster Bash, Junkyard and F-14 Tomcat.

For Sunday's rounds, those 40 players were joined by 8 pre-qualified NFV members who won their places by winning regional tournaments across The Netherlands.  That meant those who didn't qualify were bumped down by those 8 places, plus one more for last year's winner Paul Jongma who also qualified as a result of winning in 2010.

The format for Sunday was head-to-head, best-of-three 3-ball games on machines drawn at random in a double-elimination format.  The top 16 qualifiers received a bye through the first round, leaving 32 players in the 16 matches of the first round.

The 16 winners then met the top 16 qualifiers in more head-to-head matches, while the 16 losers went into the loser bracket to play a sudden-death 4-ball game for the chance to continue in the tournament.  Anyone who lost in the loser bracket was out of the DPO and locked in their finishing position at that point.

The winners of each round continued through all six play-off rounds before there was just one left who had won all his games and went into the final.  No great surprises that it was Daniele Celestino Acciari who remained undefeated and took one half of the final pairing.

Third-placed qualifier Erwin Deutschlander had also remained undefeated until the semi-finals where he lost to Daniele.  He joined the loser bracket and played David Gremillet for a chance to return to the final and won, meaning he would face Daniele again in the final.

So at 5:30pm, Erwin and Daniele entered the finals room, both having chosen one of the machines to be used, with the third drawn at random.  Erwin chose Dirty Harry - a game he had won on earlier in the day - while Daniele chose Whitewater - which he had played three times already on Sunday.  The third machine was The Sopranos.

The machines for the final
The machines for the final

The crowd gathers for the final
The crowd gathers for the final

Before the final began, however, there was a moment of reflection.  The organiser behind holding the DPO in Gouda, who arranged the venue and the logistics, was Bert-Jan Brinkhuis.  Several months before the DPO, Bert-Jan died unexpectedly.

As a mark of respect, Bert-Jan's Funhouse had been brought to the show and was the mystery machine under wraps on Saturday. 

Bert-Jan Brinkhuis's Funhouse
Bert-Jan Brinkhuis's Funhouse

It had been brought into use for Sunday's playoff rounds and now, just before the tournament climax, the two finalists joined together to play a single ball of split-flipper play on Bert-Jan's machine.

Erwin and Daniele prepare to play
Erwin and Daniele prepare to play

One ball, one flipper each
One ball, one flipper each

After the fun of playing Funhouse, it was down to the more serious business of the final. 

Each player went first on their chosen machine, so Erwin started the final on Dirty Harry.

Erwin plays Dirty Harry as Daniele watches
Erwin plays Dirty Harry as Daniele watches

Erwin started with an OK first ball, but Daniele romped away with 1 billion points on both his first two balls.  When Erwin ended his third ball on 1.5 billion, Danielle had already won and didn't need to play his third ball.

Play moved on to Daniele's chosen machine, Whitewater, and while he may have chosen it, he didn't get off to a good start with just 9 million on ball one.  Erwin took advantage and racked up 183 million with his first ball.

But Daniele get into his stride with ball two, starting 5X scoring and then multiball, to collect several 5X jackpots followed by double jackpots to give him a ball 2 total of 555 million.

In reply, Erwin got to Wet Willies and scored a total of 331 million by the end of his second ball.

Daniele only boosted his score slightly with his final ball, ending on 595 million.

Erwin needed to score 265 million with his final ball to take the match to a third game, but he suffered a nasty bounce and tilted trying to save the ball having added just 1 million.

So Daniele Celestino Acciari won the Dutch Pinball Open 2011, two games to nil.

Erwin and Daniele straight after the final
Erwin and Daniele straight after the final

Straight after the final, the presentations were made for the DPO and the other tournaments held over the weekend.  Before we get to the presentations, let's have a look at those other tournaments.

Saturday at 3pm brought the Country Tournament where 10 teams of 4 players competed for the title of Country Champions at the far end of the free play area.  The teams were:

1 - Amsterdam Pinball Team
2 - Dutch Pinball Team
3 - Belgium
4 - Crazy Friends Pinball
5 - Serf's Army
6 - Belgium 2
7 - German Pinball Team
8 - Attack from France
9 - Team BAF
10 - Team Rokabati

The teams were split into two groups and played a best-of-three match against the other four teams in the group.  The top two teams from each group then went into the semi-finals.

Group A
Dutch Pinball Team
German Pinball Team
Amsterdam Pinball Team
Attack from France
Serf's Army
Group B
Team BAF
Crazy Friends Pinball
Belgium 2
Team Rokabati

Teams in the Country Tournament
Teams in the Country Tournament

Another result is recorded in the Country Tournament
Another result is recorded in the Country Tournament

The two semi-finals pitched the Amsterdam Pinball Team against Team BAF, and Attack from France against Crazy Friends Pinball.

The Amsterdam Team won their semi-final, as did the Crazy Friends to go into the final, while the two losing teams played off for third place, with Team BAF ending up third and Attack from France in fourth.

The final went late into the night (well, too late for us anyway) but the result saw a new name on the list of winners, as the Crazy Friends Pinball team of Yan Baratte, Axel Bouet, Sylvain Grévin and Michel Dailly triumphed, leaving the Amsterdam Pinball Team in second place.

In addition to Saturday's Country Tournament, there were also tournaments on Sunday at 1pm for ladies and kids.  Unfortunately, due to being busy taking part in the DPO, we were unable to get any pictures of the Ladies, but it was held on the same machines used for the Country Tournament the previous day and the eventual winner was top-qualifier Helen de Haan who beat Nynke Hepkema into second place, with Sandra van Hees in third and Machteld Decloedt fourth.

Pos Name
1 Helen de Haan (NL)
2 Nynke Hipkema (NL)
3 Sandra van Hees (NL)
4 Machteld Decloedt (BE)

Here are the qualification results for all 19 players, with the top 8 continuing to the semi-finals:

Pos Name Pts
1 Helen de Haan (NL) 80
2 Wendy van Amsterdam (NL) 63
3 Sylvia Koijen (NL) 62
4 Nynke Hipkema (NL) 56
5 Lida de Haan (NL) 55
6 Machteld Decloedt (BE) 53
7 Sandra van Hees (NL) 51
8 Kate Morris (UK) 46
9 Kelly Lembrechts (BE) 44
10 Maaike Heijmink (NL) 43
11 Aeline Speetjens (NL) 42
12 Lisa Spiller (FR) 41
13 Melanie Bouwmeester (NL)
13 Riyanne de Jong (NL)
15 Melanie Knop (DE)
16 Karen Galway (UK)
16 Nanny Speetjens (NL)
18 W. v/d Berg (NL)
19 Ellen Mettes (NL)

A little later, the Junior Tournament reached its conclusion.

Another result is recorded in the Junior Tournament
Another result is recorded in the Junior Tournament

Meanwhile, another match is underway on The Shadow
Meanwhile, another match is underway on The Shadow

As soon as the outcome of the Junior Tournament had been decided, the presentation of trophies was made. In the final it was victory for Yoeri van de Sanden.  Second place went to Mart Oenema with Tom Vis in third place and Arthur Vissers in fourth.

The top four in the Junior Tournament
The top four in the Junior Tournament:
Arthur Vissers, Mart Oenema, Tom Vis and Yoeri van de Sanden

There was also a Classics Tournament which began on Saturday morning and continued until 5pm on Sunday.  Six electro-mechanical or solid-state machines were set up in a corner at the end of the registration desk and competitors could choose any three to form their entry.

The machines were:

1 - Vector
2 - Mr & Mrs Pac-Man
3 - Bow and Arrow
4 - Mata Hari
5 - Flash Gordon
6 - Wizard!

Peter Scheldt tries to be a Wizard while James Watson gives Bow and Arrow a shot
Peter Scheldt tries to be a Wizard while James Watson gives Bow and Arrow a shot

Players could enter as many times as they liked with each €3 entry adding another discrete group of three machine scores.  All the scores on each machine were ranked and the player with the best scoring entry was the winner.

The machines were tightly packed into the corner of the room which sometimes made it difficult for spectators or those waiting for a game to find somewhere to stand without getting in the way.

The top prize for winning the Classics Tournament was the Bally Escape from the Lost World which was on the floor in the free play area.

Here are the top 10 scores on each Classics Tournament machine:

Pos Name Score
1 Antti Peltonen 237,060
2 Vincent Chardome 166,930
3 BAP 163,610
4 Bas van Doorn 157,930
5 Erwin Deutschlander 147,540
6 Phil Dixon 133,660
7 Albert Nomden 119,000
8 Peter Scheldt 116,470
9 Robert Wegter 115,040
10 Taco Wouters 114,590
Pos Name Score
1 Daniele Acciari 1,878,860
2 Alain Boulieu 1,829,840
3 Albert Nomden 1,756,880
4 Timo Valkonen 1,382,840
5 Roy Wils 1,370,320
6 BAP 994,860
7 Jussi Kahola 946,510
8 Robin van Mouik 903,560
9 Taco Wouters 874,850
10 Evert Brochez  838,910

Pos Name Score
1 Peter Scheldt 810,000
2 Dirk Elzholz 674,270
3 Daniele Acciari 495,910
4 Cor Vinkers 487,220
5 Tjalling Smits 463,850
6 Peter Scheldt 444,010
7 Brenn Oosterbaan 421,670
8 David Delprato 418,130
9 Erwin Deutschlander 411,330
10 Merlijn Vink 407,370
Pos Name Score
1 Michel Dailly 311,590
2 Albert Medaillon 217,170
3 Brenn Oosterbaan 212,390
4 Martin Ayub 210,540
5 Arjan Lugthart 166,290
6 Robin van Mouik 164,290
7 Bas van Doorn 159,100
8 Jussi Kahola 151,000
9 Daniele Acciari 144,880
10 Stefan Gee 144,690

Pos Name Score
1 Brenn Oosterbaan 8,373,980
2 Daniele Acciari 6,364,410
3 Roy Wils 5,174,040
4 Paul Jongma 4,566,540
5 Antti Peltonen 3,569,020
6 Martin Ayub 3,400,740
7 Albert Nomden 2,622,730
8 Roman Kunovic 2,498,400
9 Michel Dailly 2,395,970
10 Ergun Erdemier 2,327,720
Pos Name Score
1 Paul Jongma 3,736,740
2 Roy Wils 3,635,190
3 Vincent Chardome 3,535,300
4 Kevin van Rossum 3,021,710
5 Bas van Doorn 2,997,580
6 Taco Wouters 2,967,540
7 Mark van de Gugten 2,685,990
8 Daniele Acciari 2,559,310
9 Michael Munch 2,444,280
10 Glenn Pellis 2,444,250

The player with the best set of three scores on a single entry would be the winner, and that person was Roy Wils.  Here are the full results for all 40 competitors:

Pos Name Points
1 Roy Wils 249
2 Taco Wouters 236
3 Bas van Doorn 235
4 Albert Nomden 226
5 Brenn Oosterbaan 225
5 Albert Medaillon 225
7 Robin van Mourik 224
8 Erwin Deutschlander 215
9 Roman Kunovic 198
10 Daniele Acciari 196
10 Peter Scheldt 196
12 Davide Delprato 189
13 Martin Ayub 188
14 Glenn Pellis 184
14 Michel Dailly 184
16 Paul Jongma 183
17 Anti Peltonen 180
18 Timo Valkonen 167
19 Evert Brochez 163
20 David Gremillet 162
21 Jussi Kahola 159
22 Merlijn Vink 158
23 Arjan Lugthart 154
24 Peter Blakemore 149
24 Alex Duin 149
26 Joeri Strroobants 147
27 Robert Wegter 147
28 Stefan Gee 145
29 Alain Boulieu 143
29 John van der Wulp 143
29 Barry de Wit 143
32 Ergun Erdemier 141
33 Mark van de Gugten 137
33 Henry Gijsbertse 137
35 Matt Vince 129
36 Phil Dixon 126
37 Martijn Ewalds 125
37 Edwin Nijs 125
39 Martin v/d Berg 124
40 Helen de Haan 119

So now we come to the presentations for the tournament winners, who were introduced by the NFV's Bas Vis.

Bas Vis introduces the tournament winners
Bas Vis introduces the tournament winners

After thanking the DPO organisers who took over the reins after the death of Bert-Jan Brinkhuis, the first winners to be presented with their awards were from the Ladies Tournament.

The top four in the Ladies Tournament
The top four in the Ladies Tournament

We're awaiting the full results in the Ladies Tournament, and will bring them to you just as soon as we receive them.

Next came the Country Tournament winners.  As the event was held the previous evening, not all players could stay until the prize-giving ceremony, but two members of the runners-up, the Amsterdam Pinball Team were there to receive their trophies.

??? and Martijn van Aken from the Amsterdam Pinball Team
Martijn van Amsterdam and Martijn van Aken from the Amsterdam Pinball Team

Three of the four members from the French winning team Crazy Friends Pinball were also able to collect their winners' trophies.  The fourth team member was Axel Bouet who couldn't stay for the presentation.

Crazy Friends Pinball - Country Tournament winners:
Crazy Friends Pinball - Country Tournament winners:
Sylvain Grévin, Yan Baratte and Michel Dailly

Then came the announcement of the winner in the Classics Tournament. 

There was no big screen to show the current standings, so the full results were not available at the time, but the winner was Roy Wils who took home a trophy and the Bally Escape from the Lost World machine.

Classics Tournament winner Roy Wils
Classics Tournament winner Roy Wils

The final awards were given to the top players in the main DPO tournament, and organiser Ad Jonker made the announcements and presentations.

DPO organiser, Ad Jonker
DPO organiser, Ad Jonker

Fourth placed Jochen Ludwig
Fourth place, Jochen Ludwig

Third place, David Gremillet
Third place, David Gremillet

Runner-up, Erwin Deutschlander
Runner-up, Erwin Deutschlander

DPO 2011 winner, Daniele Celestino Acciari
DPO 2011 winner, Daniele Celestino Acciari

Daniele also won a cash prize of €350 for his victory along with a gold statue.

The DPO 2011 top three:
The DPO 2011 top three:
Erwin Deutschlander, Daniele Celestino Acciari and David Gremillet

Finally, the draw took place for the raffle prizes.  Tickets for the raffle cost €3.50 each, or 3 tickets for €10, 5 tickets for €15 or 20 tickets for €50.  Prizes included a Shrek translite on canvas, a fleece jacket, DVDs, pinballs, LEDs and for one lucky winner, the grand prize of a Bram Stoker's Dracula machine.

Some of the DPO raffle prizes
Some of the DPO raffle prizes

Another winning ticket is drawn
Another winning ticket is drawn

The crowd watches the raffle draw
The crowd watches the raffle draw

Unfortunately we were unable to stay for the end of the raffle, due to having to drive to the Eurostar terminal over 200 miles away in 2.5 hours (we made it).  However, here are the winners in the raffle:

Prizes Winners
Bram Stoker's Dracula machine Robert Jan van de Stelt
Shrek translite Kevin van Rossum
Printed suitcases Henk van Duijn
Piet van de Bergh
Jaap Valent
Fleece jacket Ruud Kooij
Pinball DVD R.Ras
Ronald Oenema
Body warmer Jaap Valent
Wind jacket Lida de Haan
High Class Pinballs Robert Jan van de Stelt
Prize vouchers Herny Gijsberte
Familie Speetjens
LEDs Matt Vince
NFV beer Marco Krijger
Sausage packs Wilbert der Kinderen
Mark Maslow

The DPO continues to be one of Europe's most popular tournaments.  The NFV team once again put on a well-run and well-attended event, with five tournaments taking place over the two days. 

The venue was busy most of the time, making it somewhat crowded around the machines (and in the Classics Tournament area in particular), but the exterior area at least provided to opportunity to cool down and take a break from the action.

The machines in the free play area mostly held up well to two days of solid play.  There were a couple of casualties in the DPO room and the Classics area, but the machine techs were quickly on the case and got them all working in the end.

The DPO room was a little small for the number of machines and players, making it both crowded and hot at times.  More information about the format and current standings in the Classic would also have been welcomed.

Overall though, we all had a very enjoyable weekend and found some interesting and unusual machines to play out in the free play area.  There are a lot of people involved in making an event like the DPO happen, and we thank them for all their hard work.

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