Hi, I'm Bowen Kerins. Last month, I won PAPA's World Pinball Championship for the third time. The championship comes with a $10,000 prize, a sweet trophy, and my name in the rafters at PAPA Headquarters. (Proof here, and here.)
Competitive pinball is taking off, with live broadcasts, a tournament circuit, and world rankings. I help run the largest pinball tournament in the world, Pinburgh, which last year had nearly 400 players and $60,000 in cash prizes.
I have filmed multiple game tutorials and talked at PAX East and PAX Prime about pinball, and am part of the PAPA TV broadcasting team. The next live broadcast will be October 16-20 from the Pinball Expo near Chicago.
There's a lot more skill in pinball than you might think: I've been playing in tournaments for 20 years now and still have more to learn.
In my real life I work on mathematics textbooks, have an amazingly patient wife, and a 5-year-old son whose favorite pinball machine says BAO.