**UKOpen 2023 Welcome!

Neil McRae

Staff member

Welcome to the UK Open 2023

Pinball Republic, London Pinball and the DOMINO Organisation and the whole UK Pinball Community welcomes you to the UK Open 2023! 180 registrations! WOW - we are humbled! This event is a Stern Pro Circuit event and a ECS qualifying event.

A huge thanks to our friends in the UK Pinball Community and to the members of Pinball Republic who are supporting this event, You can find out more about Pinball Republic at www.pinballrepublic.com (Unfortunately the club will be closed during the event as we are using all of the games from the club and more!).

With one of the biggest prizes in pinball - A guaranteed minimum of £5000 for the winner of the Main Open Tournament with cash prizes for all tournaments. The format and rules of this event borrow heavily from our friends at INDISC and NYCPC if you have been to either of those tournaments then some of this will be familiar to you. If you haven't then you are truly in for something very special!

In the next ten days you will receive an email from the tournament software which will have your USER ID Number and PIN for your to manage your experience at the UK Open 2023 - We will have free wifi (that will perform significantly better than last year) and we really encourage everyone to bring a smart phone or tablet - it makes it easier for us to run the tournament and easier for you to get more enjoyment from the tournament. You get 5 cards included, 2 for the main, 2 for Classics and 1 for Pinball Republic Tournament. Ladies get 1 card for the Ladies Open. You can buy cards at the desk with cash or credit card.

A HUGE HUGE Thanks to Karl and the Inland Empire Pinball Association - without their help the UK Open would not be what it is today. Don't forget to register for INDISC next year, www.indisc.com an epic pinball event that I personally never miss.

We will be streaming the event with Marc from BackHand Pinball, we have 2 wireless rigs and multiple fixed camera setups so remember to say hello mum!

Ladies Tournament - If you know of any women who want to play in the ladies tournament that haven't registered please get them to contact me directly at neil@domino.org we have space.

The venue for the event is the Hilton Croydon London Hotel a short distance from East Croydon Train station and Gatwick Airport. The venue is a short taxi ride from East Croydon train station. East Croydon is on the Thameslink line and trains go from St Pancras (Eurostar) London Bridge, Victoria and Gatwick Airport.

Note, there are some specific venue rules that with the hotel we have brought in:

1: The fire exit into the rear area is completely out of bounds - if you are found there you will be asked to leave there is zero tolerance from the hotel on this. This is a noise based restriction placed upon us by the hotel.
2: No Food is permitted into the main pinball hall. All of the food venues around the hotel have eat in facilities. Drinks are permitted and we will have free cans of the amazing thirst killer Liquid Death.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at neil@domino.org or on Facebook messenger. My mobile number is +447960698424 and you can whatsapp me also. We still need scorekeepers please speak to the admin desk if you want to help us. We also need help setting up from 12:00 at the hotel - just turn up and we will find something for you to do!

There is lots of information on our website at https://playpinball.uk/

Neil J. McRae -- Alive and Kicking