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I know its a little late notice, but the details are out on the Moneyball V tournament in Oregon.

Feb 26-28

9300 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 292-3523

Two of the very best Tornado foosball players in the world will be competing there.


  • Single player, Single Elimination, 1 game Race to 7 each round
  • Random handicap determined by roll of die:
    • roll a 1, 2, or 3 and you get 1, 2, or 3 point spots
    • roll a 4, 5, or 6 and you do not receive any advantage
    • subsequent rolls add points to the handicap up to a maximum of 3 points
  • Buy In
    • $10 Entry Fee
    • Each match begins with a roll of a die for point spots:
      • First roll free
      • Second roll $5
      • Third roll an additional $10
      • Fourth roll and additional $20
      • You can only roll up to 4 times
      • You cannot roll again once you get 3 point spots since this is the maximum
  • Payout
    • 100% of all collected fees
    • 1st place: 75% of pot
    • 2nd place 25% of pot
    • Guaranteed payout $100 for 1st, $35 for 2nd
  • Match Start
    • Players and TD meet at table
    • TD picks the first player to roll die (coin flip if desired)
    • Player 1 rolls a die using a cup and places cup face-down on table
    • If a 1, 2, or 3 is rolled player takes those points on the scoreboard
    • Player 2 rolls the die in the same fashion
    • Player 1 is asked if they would like to buy another roll unless they have already rolled a 3
      • if 1,2, or 3 is rolled the player takes up to a 3 points spot
    • Player 2 is then asked if they wish to buy another roll
    • Once both players are satisfied with their rolls the match may begin by flipping a coin to determine which player chooses the ball or side
  • Game Play
    • No overtime, race to 7
    • Timeouts, Distractions, Spin, Ball out of Play all follow standard ITSF rules

I’m running beginner tournaments at Dante’s every Thursday evening.

From 7-9:30PM we run multiple rounds of random teams which allows players to enter any time, and leave any time.  It costs $2 to enter, the highest average score gets 50%, and the highest new player gets 25%.  The remaining 25% is used to feed the elimination round.

At 10PM we start a single elimination round by pairing the highest and lowest scores into teams.  Each player pays in an extra $3, and is expected to stick around until they are eliminated or win.

Last couple of weeks we’ve had 8 – 10 players participate, about half of them from the Saloon, and half brand new players.  I will keep posting here progress and changes to the format.