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Keith Elwin is the world's pinball wizard, again

Competitor at the 2012 World Pinball Championships in Scott Township, PA.
Competitor at the 2012 World Pinball Championships in Scott Township, PA. Brian Taylor

Last weekend, the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) held its 15th annual World Pinball Championships at its headquarters outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The 40,000 square foot warehouse houses over 400 pinball machines, and this year hosted more than 450 players of different ages and different table skills. For four grueling days players flipped, nudged, trapped and tilted for the chance to be named the world's pinball wizard.

Keith Elwin, an electronic technician from Carlsbad, California, won the "A" Division and was named World Pinball Champion 2012.

It was Elwin's fourth title in five years, and cements his place as the world's best pinball player. He also took home $10,000 in prize money, which should help him improve his personal collection of pinball machines.

Photographer Brian Taylor was at the four-day event and took some really neat photos. They really give the venue that sort of Kevin Smith-esque, small town, idiosyncratic look. Or how about this: they just make pinball look super cool.

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