Lehigh Valley

Pinball league starts up in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - With a flick of the wrist, a group in Allentown is trying to get the high score.

The group fills the Penn Skate arcade once a month in Allentown hoping to get the high score in the elimination style tournament.

"I always liked to play pinball and never before could you go somewhere where they have this many machines," said player, Joel Zingone.

Casey Cuene started the tournament after moving from Milwaukee where he played competitively and found a lack of tournaments in the Lehigh Valley.

The tournaments have been going since the summer.

"A lot of it is word of mouth," said Cuene. "A couple people find out about it, they tell people, so it's kind of having a slow build, but it's getting up to be a fun group of people to play with."

Players of all ages and skill levels play.

"The ball will go where you shoot it and it's learning to do that better and better," said Zingone, adding, "Like learning how to shoot free throws or any other skill like that."

Another tip, don't call them a pinball wizard, these pinheads, the preferred term for enthusiasts, know they'll never get rich.

But they hope the game stays around long enough to hook a younger generation.

"Young people are what's going to keep the hobby going," said Cuene.

As long as the players can keep the ball on the playing surface without tilting the machine.

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