Episode 9 – Louisville Pinball League [Explicit]

Episode 9 – Louisville Pinball League

Disclaimer: this podcast has some explicit language and you can probably hear a beer can opening in the background. You have been warned. 

In this episode, we talk with Janet Stevens, Antz Wettig, Jason Bradley, and Chris Renninger of the Louisville Pinball League. The Louisville Pinball League is an official PAPA sanctioned league that goes for 8 weeks.

Signups for the next pinball season begins April 8 (plus, there will be a tournament) and the games begin on April 15th. Games are played every Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Zanzabar

Antz: “If you mention this podcast walking in the door, introduce yourself to Antz, Jon, or Vern and I will buy you a beer.”


  • Introductions: Janet Stevens; Antz Wettig; Jason Bradley; Chris Renninger
  • The birth of the Louisville Pinball League in 2010
  • Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom and Pagans
  • Collecting pinball machines
  • “It’s where the fun’s at!”
  • Louisville Arcade Expo
  • The first board of Donkey Kong vs. starting at pinballs
  • Luck vs. Skill in pinball
  • The Chris vs. Janet rivalry begins
  • The Ted Nugent pinball machine
  • The social game of pinball and how it’s a great bar game
  • Tuesday night pinball tournaments and the over-30 and reasonable crowd
  • Rogue tournaments and Rogue League
  • Jason Bradley, the Pinball King of Louisville, and his mythology and trading card
  • Janet’s introduction to the league and her expansive pinball history
  • Janet’s story is interrupted with a brief explanation of how the tournaments work
  • Scheduling of the tournaments
  • Louisville Arcade Expo and how amazing that convention is
  • How handsome Antz is for his age
  • International Flipper Association
  • Billy Mitchell and the King of Kong
  • The rivalry between Janet and Chris heats up!
  • Drew, aka Booski, a member of the league and savant, the flying red tomato and the Vegas National Tournaments
  • Getting robbed in Vegas
  • Transitioning the Kentucky tournaments to Louisville from Cincinnati
  • How players are split up in a tournament
  • Janet meets Richard Shapiro and he gets her into some tournaments, she wins a bunch of them
  • The Outlook Inn’s pinball machines
  • Jason makes the point Antz couldn’t make earlier; beginners can win with some luck against better players
  • The ability to drop out of two games in the league
  • “You can know zero about pinball and still have fun.”
  • Janet invites women to come out to join the pinball league so Team “V” has more support
  • The Team “V” shirt
Antz and his brother.
If you were curious about that Team V shirt.
  • Professional naked photo shoots
  • What someone, particularly women, should do to join the league
  • Antz explains how Zanzabar rolls out the red carpet for pinball players
  • Young folks who want to play should come with a guardian and before 8 p.m.
  • Jason explains some other game types played between league seasons, like pinball golf
  • There is sometimes a 50/50 male to female ratio at tournaments
  • Jason plugs pinballmap.com – if you see a pinball machine somewhere, tell him about it
  • Chris plugs LouisvillePinball.com
  • We discuss drinking beer not drinking beer
  • Janet vouches for the safety of Zbar for women
  • Zbar listed as one of the top 10 arcade bars
  • The growth of pinball bars, the passion behind the pinball machines at Zbar and how it wasn’t the business plan
  • April 8th at 7 p.m. is League Signup; April 15th if the first week of the league
  • The Nerd Louisville bump
  • Listen to the very end to find out who is better, Janet or Chris

The Crew:

  • Mike Pfaff

Intro / Outro music is The White of Noon by STRFKR, graciously provided with permission by Polyvinyl Records.

Mike Pfaff

Mike is the co-founder of Nerd Louisville and still volunteers from time-to-time. He's been a nerd since he was first introduced to Dungeons & Dragons when he was a wee lad and continues playing to this day. You can play games with him at Slur Your Role or other Nerd Louisville events.