What is a ‘Shootout’?
In the casino, a ‘shootout’ is a kind of tournament in which players are knocked out from a series of tables and winners move up to another table until all are eventually eliminated. Players cannot re-buy to come back to the table once eliminated, and the pot usually goes to the last player standing in the final round.
A ‘shootout’ (or sometimes a ‘shoot-out’) is a fast paced poker tournament in which players are knocked out, leaving a final competitor who takes the pot. Play moves in a series of games, with multiple tables, and the winner at each table stays on to join the next round. Like all forms of elimination poker, there are no further buy-ins. A player who is knocked out at any stage is required to leave the game. Players are also required to stay for the duration – there is no skipping of hands or drawing out games, and too many rounds folded will leave the player struggling to hold their place.
This form of poker play is almost always played to limit rules, meaning that players buy-in for a fixed fee and everyone starts with the same number of chips. In most tournament games, the chips have no value outside of the tournament and cannot be cashed in later. The aim of the game is to get all of the chips off the other players at the table. In most shootout games, there are three rounds. The first will have the most tables active, and all players who win their individual tables will move up to the next series of tables, and play competitors who also won their own first rounds. When these tables are reduced to one player each, the final table is set. The winner of this final game is the tournament champion and retains the pot, or wins the contest prize.