KING PIN: Autographed Memorabilia owner Corey Hamilton won the NSW championships.
KING PIN: Autographed Memorabilia owner Corey Hamilton won the NSW championships. Kate Czerny

Pinball wizard starts club in Ipswich centre

ARCADE games are making a comeback around the country.

Ipswich is set to be the next city to embrace the trend with the opening of a dedicated pinball club.

Club founder and Autographed Memorabilia owner, Corey Hamilton, certainly knows his way around a pinball machine.

The seasoned player recently won the New South Wales Pinball Championships held at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney.

"We want to start the club because there's nowhere to play pinball in Ipswich anymore," Mr Hamilton said.

"Today kids play computer games but pinball is a social game. It breaks down barriers and you meet people from all walks of life.

"We have our first Ipswich Silver Ball Pinball Club tournament on Saturday in the shop to coincide with Battle of the Bands."

The all-ages tournament will be held at Autographed Memorabilia, Shop 601 in the Ipswich City Mall, on Saturday.

Qualifying times will be held from noon-6pm in two-hour time slots with the finals starting at 6pm.

Entry costs $2 per game during qualifying time and machines will be on free play after the tournament until 10.30pm for all entrants.

The tournament's first place-getter will receive $200, with a second place prize of $100 and third place prize of $50 from competition sponsor Youth Education Solutions.

"We really want to encourage people to take part to help get the club going," Mr Hamilton said.

"Pinball is fun, relaxing and anyone of any skill level can play."

For more information phone 0422 634 340 or visit the Autographed Memorabilia Facebook page.


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