Alberta Challenge Cup

Alberta Challenge Cup – “Battle of Alberta” is an annual ‘friendly’ pinball competition between the top players from the Calgary and Edmonton surrounding areas. The competition is organized by the Die Hard Pinball League, and is contested every year during the annual summer break in the league.

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The tournament consists of 8 players from each side, competing in a best out of 3 games format. Players earn points for their team based on their finishing positions in these formats, with 20 points needed to claim the Alberta Challenge Cup.


The 2018 edition of The Alberta Challenge Cup will be held in Calgary at the Atlantic Trap and Gill on Saturday, July 21, 2018 and will alternate host locations in Calgary/Edmonton each year.


The designated team captains for the event will be responsible for deciding which players will represent their team to try to win the cup for their affiliate.

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Past Results:

Year Winner Team Members
2015 Calgary Clark Dickson (C), Craig Danco, Dan Horne, Darren Krywolt, Dave Pidwerbeski, Johnny Fernandes, Scott Slen, Sean Danco
2016 Edmonton Derek Thomson (C), Rod Ferguson, Paul Labrash, Chad Lucyk, Jonathan Puckrin, Paul Sinclair, Mark Stephens, Gilles Touchette
2017 Calgary Dan Horne (C), Doug Teale, Darren Krywolt, Dave Pidwerbeski, Sheldon Fuchs, Adam Goodwin, John Kottmann, Bryan Fitzpatrick


Challenge Cup Format:

2015 – Alberta Challenge Cup – Final Results
2016 – Alberta Challenge Cup – Final Results
2017 – Alberta Challenge Cup – Final Results


Round 1 – (8 Games, 1 Point each) – Split Finger Challenge

This is a Best out of Three match, each 2 player team plays head to head on one machine, highest score wins. First team to win 2 games earns a point for their squad.


Round 2 – (8 Games, 1 Point each) – Alternate Shot 

This is a Best out of Three match,  each 2 player team plays alternate shot on each ball on one machine, highest score wins. The player who played ball three in the first game, plays ball two in the second game and so on. First team to win 2 games earns a point for their squad.


Round 3 – (8 Games, 1 Points each) – Best Game 

This is a Best out of Three match, a 4 player team game is played the top score in the four player game wins the match for their team. First team to win 2 games earns a point for their squad.


Round 4 – (8 games, 2 Point each) – Match Play

This is a Best out of Three match on the assigned machine, a 2 player game head to head match is played, the top score in the game wins the match for their team. First team to win 2 games earns two points for their squad.


Round 5 – Tiebreaker

If the event is tied after all matches, a final battle will ensue. The team captains of each team will have one last head to head showdown to determine the overall winner for the event. The winner of a coin toss will gets choice of machine or position.


Event Schedule –July 21, 2018 – Atlantic Trap and Gill

12:00 – Doors Open
12:00 – 12:45 – Practice Session
12:45 – 1:00 – Rules and Introductions
1:00 – 1:30 – Round 1: Split Finger Format (Games 1-4)
1:30 – 2:00 – Round 2: Split Finger Format (Games 5-8)
2:00 – 2:30 – Round 1: Alternate Shot Format (Games 1-4)
2:30 – 3:00 – Round 2: Alternate Shot Format (Games 5-8)
3:00 – 3:30 – Round 1: Best Game Format (Games 1-4)
3:30 – 4:00 – Round 2: Best Game Format (Games 5-8)
4:00 – 5:00 – Match Play Format (Games 1-8)
5:00 – 5:15 – Presentations

Feel free to come out and cheer for your side as this event should showcase some of the best pinball players in the province.