About the Detroit Pinball League


The D.P.L. was founded by three pin heads wanting more out of their collections, more times to get together with friends and relate pinball stories and of course to play pinball. We come up with there was no way any "pinball" league would be able to survive by attending bars and bowling centers in public. The local pinball scene is all about dead in Detroit, with less than 5 arcades with more than 5 pins.  Thus we needed to be in our homes playing our collections, where the majority of machines in metro Detroit sit, in peoples homes.

D.P.L.'s Goals

Our main goal is simple. We wanted to have fun playing competitive pinball with other collectors on collector quality working games from all era's in a smoke free environment. Our secondary goal was to protect our "host of the month" machines and residence from our members. Our 3rd goal was to be able to do this without having to travel great distances away from our home and family's. And our 4th and last goal was to make the machines as difficult and tourney worthy so everyone will have a chance to win.

Our Host

A quick count of the current game list of our members willing and or capable of hosting an event is well over 75 different game titles and expanding as we all get deeper into the obsession. Games include the latest Stern releases to the old EM machines that made pinball what it is today. We will rarely run into repeating a game of the same title through a complete season. But due to mechanical failure and host number of machines, this may not succeed. For example, there are 10 Twilight Zones in our members ranks. Not all members have collections in their teens.

Why we limited our member base?

As most of us know, this is Michigan. Some of our members have houses 50+ years old and really cant fit over 20 people in their houses. Collecting pinball machines is all dependent on what kind of space you have to spare.  The directors of this league wanted a trouble free, no hassle league.   By limiting our membership to those people who are local ( 30 minutes out of downtown Detroit) will allow everyone to make every meeting and be home at a decent hour.

Why there is no cash involved ?

We wanted to play competitive pinball with the best in the area. We do have local "pro's" who often compete in the world stage, but we also have the run of the mill collector who is an average player. We give everyone the chance to basically have fun. Meeting other collectors, trading games, playing and restoration strategies and parts is really our main concern. Not to mention its a night out.

Why we choose people that can host over people that cant ?

The founding members had concerns of hosting an event while others cannot or will not host events. We are trying to set it up so you wont have to host but every other year. With only 6-8 meetings a year, we don't see a problem with this, but we would prefer that new members will be able to host events to expand our title selections.

Waiting List

To be added to the waiting list to become a member please forward your name, location, game count and host preferences to the DPL mailing list  (detroit.pinball@gmail.com) Please note that this email account is not checked everyday.