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It's tough being a coin-op addict in 2013. Despite being the nation's No. 1 resale hub for the things, most of Dallas' pinball machines are preserved in the caring homes of collectors, rather than in the corners of bars and laundromats. For 51 weekends of each year, that is a heartbreaking fact of life. But for one glorious three-day span, the whole world becomes infinitely more beautiful as the city goes multiball. That's right: The Texas Pinball Festival is back!
This year's thrill-a-thon moves even closer to our fingertips, setting up camp at the Hilton Anatole from Friday through Sunday. There, you'll find tournament play, workshops and most importantly -- bro down time with your favorite dear friends, all set on "free play."
Pinball enthusiasts are kind-hearted, honorable people, so they've offered us a pair of day passes to give away. Winning them is easy: Go to the Mixmaster Facebook page and like us, then write the name of your favorite pinball machine on our wall. (If you already like us, just leave the note.) I'll pick a number and do a match.
This contest shuts down at noon on Thursday, March 13, so move those fingers faster than the triple multiball speed round of Black Knight 2000, y'all. And good luck!