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Pinball wizards do battle at Banning’s Museum of Pinball

Lights will blink and bells will echo this weekend.
They are the sights and sounds of tournament battle at the Museum of Pinball in Banning.
David Riel, a 42-year-old pinball player from Pittsburgh, competes Friday, Jan. 12, on the first day of qualifying at the It Never Drains in Southern California pinball tournament at the Museum of Pinball in Banning. Photo by John Valenzuela/The Press-Enterprise/SCNG
The occasion is the first tournament in the new Stern Pro Circuit pro pinball series. The event began with preliminary rounds Friday morning, Jan. 12. It continues from 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Jan. 13, with the finals set for Sunday, Jan. 14.
The circuit includes 20 large pinball tournaments leading to the Circuit Final Championship in 2019.
The Banning museum ‘s tournament, dubbed It Never Drains in Southern California, features top players from across the globe competing for thousands of dollars in prize money and rankings in the circuit standings.
Players can still participate, while spectators can stop by to watch. Admission is charged to both players and spectators.
Information: indisc.com
IF YOU GO
What:  It Never Drains in Southern California pinball tournament
When:  Friday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Museum of Pinball , 700 S. Hathaway St., Banning
Cost: At-the-door fees are $25 per day or $60 for the weekend
Keenan Goodall, a 25-year-old pinball player from Seattle, competes Friday, Jan. 12, at the first day of qualifying at the It Never Drains in Southern California pinball tournament at the Museum of Pinball in Banning. Photo by John Valenzuela/The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

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