South Carolina Pinball
Welcome to the home for pinball in South Carolina!
Pinball is thriving in South Carolina with a growing number of arcades and bars featuring pinball machines. Play a game at these locations any time or participate in the weekly and monthly tournaments they host.
Check out details below on upcoming events and tournaments around Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, SC. You can find our events on our Facebook group. We also have great resources on this site if you're new to pinball and a looking for a way to get started.
Businesses are Open
SC businesses are hosting events with additional face mask, physical distancing, and cleaning steps that help control the spread of COVID-19. Upcoming tournaments are listed here, plus check out our Where to Play section and the Pinball Map for more locations.
- Aug 04, 7:00 PMThe Break, 778 Folly Rd Unit f, Charleston, SC 29412, USAIFPA Tournament play resumes in August! We are moving the bi-weekly tournaments in Charleston to Wednesday nights. $5 to enter. Format: Group Matchplay or Head to Head depending on number of players. 7 rounds then Top 4 play a 3 game series.
- Aug 12, 7:00 PMBang Back Pinball Lounge, 741 Saluda Ave, Columbia, SC 29205, USAJoin us for a friendly monthly women's tournament at Bang Back! Entry fee is $5. $1 goes to support Belles and Chimes and the remainder of the money goes to the top 4. These are fun, beginner friendly events where everyone is welcome!
- Aug 13, 7:00 PMFellowship Clubhouse, 1952 Sharon Rd, Cumming, GA 30041, USAMonthly tournament. All ages and skill levels welcome. $5 entry fee for adults, $1 for 18 and under. First time players free! Bring a snack to share! Non alcoholic drinks provided. This is a non alcoholic event. Start time: 700 pm. For any info: Bryan at 864-901-0000. This is an IFPA points event!
- Aug 15, 5:00 PMTransmission Arcade, 1712 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201, USAJoin our first competitive match-play pinball tournament! Arcade opens at 10:30 AM for brunch (& warm-up). Tournament at 5pm. All competitors will be automatically registered for the IFPA if not already a member. $5 entry (free play during competition) 8 Rounds for every player + semis and finals.
All month in July
at Player 1Up
The Player 1UP July Selfie Pinball Tournament begins July 1st and ends on July 31st. Come in and get your highest scores on the following pinballs.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Attack From Mars
Game of Thrones
On July 31st, we will announce the top 3 Winners and award prize money.
We welcome all ages and all skill levels to participate!
The Carolina Pinball Championship Series is a series of qualifier tournaments created to promote new incentives for players to travel around within the Carolinas. Tournaments will be hosted among 8 locations and cities in North Carolina and South Carolina, culminating in a Finals event for the top 40 qualifiers. Finalists will be selected via instant qualifiers and by qualifying with the highest cumulative points from multiple events. Prizes will be awarded at both qualifiers and the final events.
Everyone is welcome from the Carolinas and from out of state as well.
Find more info at the CPCS Facebook group and website (website coming soon).
CPCS Qualifier Tournaments (2021-2022)
#1 - Bang Back Pinball Lounge - Columbia, SC - Aug. 8
#2 - Palmer St Barcade - Charlotte, NC - Sep. 4
#3 - Fellowship Clubhouse - Upstate, SC - Oct. 9
#4 - Boxcar Grensboro - Greensboro, NC - Nov. 6
#5 - Player 1UP - Rock Hill, SC - Dec. 5
#6 - Cape Fear Wine & Beer - Wilmington, NC - Jan. 22
#7 - Super Abari Game Bar - Charlotte, NC - Feb. 19
The International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) organizes an annual competition where players win points in officially sanctioned tournaments. Anyone can play and the top 16 players at the end of the year are invited to a state championship.
These 2020 results were last refreshed on January 31, 2021. Visit the IFPA for the official standings.
Marcelo Campos Hazan
David Kitch III
Scott Smith SC
Phil Forrester jr