The calendar has turned to March, and MyBookie’s gambling odds for the upcoming Stern Pro Circuit Championship pinball tournament are not flipping.
One reason is that not much action has yet been taken in the market. But another is that the odds-on favorites to win on March 9th in Chicago are such well-respected pinball wizards.
Let take a closer look at some of the top names.
Pinball Profile: Raymond Davidson (7/4 Odds-to-Win)
Raymond is the reigning #1 ranked pinball gamer in the world, and collects pinball machines as part of a rich family tradition. The 24-year-old Washington native won the International Flipper Pinball Association World Championship in Denmark in 2017 and defended the crown successfully in 2018.
Despite being a collector of vintage machines, Davidson says his favorite pinball machines are recent inventions, singling-out “The Simpsons Pinball Party” for its complex strategy and multi-layered game play.
Pinball Profile: Keith Elwin (2/1)
Keith is a pinball tycoon of the first order. A champion gamer at the machines, he has also managed a fine living designing and selling them. Elwin also runs his own YouTube channel and pinball blog.
Elwin designs machines for the Stern company itself, showing that the pinball world just isn’t as uptight as other esports. The idea of someone designing a video game for others to play against him in competition would seem to be an unfair one. But despite his legendary shot-making skills and experience, and the fact that he knows the Stern-provided machines as well as anyone ever could, the veteran is an underdog on the MyBookie board for Chi-Town…at least compared to Davidson the phenom.
Pinball Profile: Steven Bowden (4/1)
Rounding out the solid favorites is Steven Bowden, a 40-year-old Texan with unbridled enthusiasm for pinball. He even praises the phenomenon of machine-designers playing on their own machines in tournaments, since they’re the best repair mechanics in the world when something goes wrong with a device.
Bowden has enjoyed a career of success and consistency, but his recent results leave something to be desired. He has only found the winner’s circle once in the past 9 months, and finished 28th in the 2018 IFPA World Championship.
Betting Reporter will preview some long-shots at the Chicago tournament next week, including our favorite pinball competitor Sunshine Bon.
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