Eight regional finalists have gone head to head in the national finals of the Mac’s Interstate Pinball Competition, with Dave Peck from Pukekohe crowned as the winner. Peck won a trip for two to Pittsburgh, where he will go up against some of the most talented pinballers in the world at the Pittsburgh Pinball Match-Play Championship in July this year.
A seasoned pinball player, Peck has already competed in around 100 competitions all over the world. “I bought my first pinball machine when I was 18 years old from a pizza place that was going bust, then I got another one and another one, and now I have 124 machines,” said Peck, who has one of the most extensive private pinball collections in the world.
Lewis Tennant from Auckland, who’s been playing pinball since the late 90s, took out second place, while Jeremy Takacs from Wellington, who has been playing socially since 1998, came in third.