The Texas Pinball Festival is back at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, and so are we.

The venue for the Texas Pinball Festival 2019, the Embassy Suites in Frisco

We arrived on Thursday afternoon – a day before the show opens – so we can bring you all the details from the set-up through to the tear down, and we will be updating this report frequently so we can bring you all the events as they happen.

There will be plenty of vehicles with licence plates similar to this at the hotel this weekend

Hanging banners for the show

The TPF covers several rooms with the main hall being by far the largest.

Show merchandise and clothing at the entry desk

On Thursday, set-up was progressing steadily on the show floor.

Pinballs waiting to be set up

Machines are brought in through the rear loading doors, where a crew organises the unloading and directs owners to the appropriate staging point before games are taken to their spot in the hall.

The staging area is even more important at the close of the show when everyone wants to load-up and get away as quickly as possible.

The unloading/loading crew

The staging areas

The machine layout

The layout of the vendor stands

Inside the main hall there is one stand-out stall, and that’s Marco Specialties’ Munster’s display.

Marco Specialties’ stand

Lots of The Munsters machines

To go with The Munsters pinball, there are two very special vehicles.

Dragula, one of two The Munsters vehicles


The Dragula car has been signed by Pat Priest who will also be at the show

The Munster’s Koach

The Munster’s Koach with Eddie Munster at the rear

The Munsters Koach with The Munsters pinball

Elsewhere in the hall, Fun! Billiards & Gameroom Superstore are featuring games from multiple manufacturers.

The Fun! stand during set-up

Oktoberfest and Houdini machines from American Pinball

The multiple tournaments held at the Texas Pinball Festival usually occupy an area at the front of the hall. This year, however, they have moved into a dedicated tournament room opposite the main hall.

The tournament room

Setting up the tournament machines

Colin dials-in a World Cup Soccer

Seating and standings

There will also be a full schedule of seminars, starting at 6pm on Friday when Pinball News