Shootout Poker Tournaments

You Must Beat All Players at Your Table in a Shootout Tournament

In a shootout poker tournament, you must beat all of the players at your table in order to move onto the next or final round. The tables are not rebalanced as players are eliminated, and you must win your table to advance.

For example, in a shootout tournament with 100 people, you'd start out with 10 tables of 10. Then each table of 10 would play down to one person. Only the winners of each of the tables would then advance to play at the final table of 10 until there was again one winner.

In a shootout tournament, you will be playing with the same players for a long time. You have to face them in situations where the table is full as well as when you are down to a few number of players and playing heads-up to bust your final opponent. It's winner-take-all, so there is more play aimed to bust out opponents rather than just surviving. Then, when you advance, you face players you haven't yet played against in that tournament.

This is in contrast with tournaments where the tables are broken down and readjusted to keep the number of players balanced at each table. In table-balancing tournaments, once there are enough open slots at tables, the players at one table are all moved to the open slots and their original table is shut down. At such tournaments, players generally play at full tables until there are only two tables left.

Types of Shootout Poker Tournaments

In a double shootout, there is one round where tables are played until there is one winner at each.

Then those winners advance to the final table to play for the win. The number of starting tables will equal the number of players at the final table.

In a triple shootout, there are two rounds of play before the final table. The tables in the first round are played until there is one winner at each.

They advance to the second round to play each other (the number of tables equalling the slots for the final table). The winners of the second round advance to the final table.

At some shootout tournaments, more than one player from each table advances. For example, the top two or top three players from each table advance to the next round.

Prizes and Chipstacks in Shootout Tournaments

In multi-level shootout tournaments, there may be a prize awarded for the winners of each round. Late entry, rebuys, and reentry may not be allowed in shootout tournaments.

When there is one winner at each round, they each have won all of the chips available from that table as they eliminated all opponents. Therefore, they all advance to the next level with the same number of chips.

If more than one player advances from each table, they will have different chipstacks. What happens, in that case, depends on the tournament rules. Everyone may receive a fixed amount of extra chips at the next round or everyone may only advance with what they had at the end of the round.