Midwest Gaming Classic 2013

Come to the Midwest Gaming Classic 2013

Thanks to all that volunteered and attended MGC 2013!  The place was packed as usual with not only people, but also great games.  Hope everyone had as much of a good time as we did.

See you next year!

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A new place to play pinball in Vernon Hills opening soon!

Congratulations to Skill Shots Pinball in gaining unanimous approval from the Village of Vernon Hills to go ahead with their plan to open a pinball arcade! Gavin’s Game Service customers and friends Neil Bryson and Jeff Hooper are in the works of achieving their dream of opening a place to play pinball to the public along with hosting tournaments and parties. We wish them the best of luck and continued support in making their dream a reality. More details can be found here. And to keep up with them on FaceBook click here


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What a busy spring! Pinball Shows anyone?

These past few months has found us at Gavins Game Service on the road a lot! We have been traveling around the midwest to a variety of shows related to & involving pinball! In the beginning of March we set up games at the Ohio Pinball Show in Akron OH. This show is known as the first show to kick off the season, and was well worth our time and effort to attend. Two weeks later we were found ourselves at one of our personal favorites The Midwest Gaming Classic in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. We attended with more inventory, and got a bit of game play in as well during the exhibitor after party. At the end of the month Gavin Miller took a solo trip out to Pittsburgh to enter in the Pinburgh 2012 pinball tournament. This took place at the PAPA world headquarters (which houses close to 500 pinball machines!) Out of the 275 people who entered, Gavin managed to qualify for A division, and finished the tournament in 17th place!  April brought us to the Michigan Pinball Expo, held at the Oakland Center at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. This show was more of a players show, and there were lots in attendance to play. The very next weekend, members of the Gavin’s Game Service family made it to the 13th annual Pinball At The Zoo, held in Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds in Kalamazoo MI. Whew! As the month of April comes to an end, we hope to catch up on vehicle maintenance and some well deserved sleep… Because as May begins we will be at Pinfest 2012 in Allentown PA! This show is best known for it’s flea market section, where vendors dig through their parts collections, bringing out project games, and a variety of odd ball merchandise you won’t see at other shows. The adventures continue!

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Rest in peace Steve Kordek

As reported on NPR earlier today, “Mr. Pinball” Steve Kordek passed away at the age of 100. I had the pleasure to meet Steve and have had several discussions with him over the years at the Pinball Expo in Chicago. Even all the way up to the last time I spoke with him he was always excited to talk about pinball and loved to answer questions and was kind and friendly to me and many other patrons who share the same passion. You will be missed but your legacy will live on as you truly revolutionized pinball by setting the standard for the basic flipper setup that is still used on every game produced since 1948.  The radio clip can be heard here on the NPR web page.


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We are donating a game for a fundraiser! YMCA Camp Jorn Pancake Breakfast

It’s that time of year again for the 48th annual YMCA Camp Jorn Pancake Breakfast, and just like last year, Gavin’s Game Service is donating a game to their raffle! We are setting up a full size 2005 Golden Tee machine by Incredible Technologies Inc. as one of many wonderful prizes to be won. Come on out to Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan this Sunday, January 29th to fill up on pancakes and purchase some raffle tickets for your chance to win this game. More information on the event can be found here on the official Camp Jorn website and also on the Facebook event invite page.

Win this Golden Tee! Come out to the Camp Jorn pancake breakfast this Sunday

YMCA Camp Jorn is a special place very near & dear to our hearts here at Gavin’s Game Service. Located in the north woods of Wisconsin, It is a resident summer camp that has been of service to  the children of Waukegan & the greater Lake County area since 1953. Gavin has been involved with the camp starting back in 1986 as a camper, worked on the staff various years between 1991-2001, and continues to volunteer his time when he has the opportunity to do so.

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Happy Holidays! We will be closed until January 9th, 2012

It’s that time of year again where the christmas trees are being decorated, the holly is being hung, the menorah is being lit, the cold winds are blowing, and family is coming into town… to play pinball! We have just completed our last service call for 2011, and now we are taking some time off to enjoy the season with our families & friends. Have no fears, we will be back and open for business on January 9th to keep the ball rolling. Thank you all for a very busy 2011 and we will see you real soon!

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Gavin Miller takes 1st place in pinball tournament

The 2011 season of the Northwest Indiana Pinball League came to a close last night, and our very own Gavin Miller took first place in the A division of finals!  The final tournament took place at Tyler’s Tender Railroad Restaurant & Arcade  in Schererville, IN, and tournament format was head to head, best of three double elimination. Gavin made it through with only one loss all night, finishing ahead of the 10 other participants who turned out for the event and walked away with the first place A division trophy. Congratulations to him for a job well done!

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Stern Seawitch now on location

On Friday, we installed a fully restored a Stern classic, Seawitch at Bottom Lounge in Chicago IL. This vintage, aquatic themed machine dates from 1980, features 4 flippers, 3 banks of drop targets, 3 pop bumpers, a spinner, and has green LED displays installed. for pictures/more info visit http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2089
In addition to this machine there are 5 other pinballs there available to play: Power Play, Addams Family, Champion Pub, Creature From The Black Lagoon, and Giligan’s Island. Bring your quarters and enjoy a pint while playing. Location information can be found on our “Places to Play” page.

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Golden Tee Live 2012!

We just updated our Golden Tee machine at the Gale Street Inn to the latest version available.  Come out and try your skill at the 5 new courses.

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Tron Legacy on Location!

Come out & play! We have a TRON: Legacy set up for both regular & tournament play.  Located at On The Rocks in Warrenville, IL.

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Also at this location is Batman Dark Knight.

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