Tourney Stupid question alert: What is the shoot out format?

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The title says it all. If I see a poker room offers "1-2 Shootout", for example, what does that mean?
 

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Shoot usually means you play to win your table then the winners from each table advance to the final table. Sometimes is the number of tables is low they will take the last 2 players left.
 

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If it’s the last two players do you move over with actual stacks or does the final table reset?

I have seen it played both ways, but I think the more popular in home games at least is that you take your stack with you. Rewards the chip leaders, less work to have to collect all the chips and set up starting stacks again.
 

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If it’s the last two players do you move over with actual stacks or does the final table reset?

Players take their stacks with them and it is the blinds that are re-set.

I had planned on running a three table six player shoot-out tournament several years ago. The three final players would finish in the money and play for first, second and third. Can't remember the blind schedule. This is back when I had slugged chips. Starting stacks were 30,000. (150BB's)

Easy to reverse engineer it. The three remaining players would have had stacks of 180,000 chips. In all likelihood, the blinds would have been re-set at 1K/2K or 2K/4K.

Important to note, there are no re-buys in shoot-out tournaments.
 

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The ones in which I have played, everything reset when the players consolidated; reset stacks, reset structure, play proceeded as a standard tournament from there.
We used to play a 7-card stud shootout - it was where the (in)famous 35/70 level was developed.
 

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Thank you. So all that makes sense if it were a tourney but the ones in my local area have a variable buy in. For example, 1-2 Shoot out with $50-$300 buy-in. Is that the same thing as what was described? Do you just start out with what ever stack you bought in with and you win the table?
 

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That sounds like a confused poker room manager or something...... never heard of a cash game shoot out......

Maybe they meant a 1-2 Kill or Half Kill game????
 

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So, say you had 30 players on five tables with a 10k stack to start. Each table plays to a winner, then the blinds are re-set to level 1? That gives each player a 60k stack, beginning at level 1. Is that right, or can the final table begin at level x?
 

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So, say you had 30 players on five tables with a 10k stack to start. Each table plays to a winner, then the blinds are re-set to level 1? That gives each player a 60k stack, beginning at level 1. Is that right, or can the final table begin at level x?
I don't think the blinds would start at level 1 again. They can start at basically any level. One would assume that the players would want a decent amount of play at the final table, so any blind level that gives the players a decent amount of BBs would be a good choice.
 

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Thank you. So all that makes sense if it were a tourney but the ones in my local area have a variable buy in. For example, 1-2 Shoot out with $50-$300 buy-in. Is that the same thing as what was described? Do you just start out with what ever stack you bought in with and you win the table?
Why not?
Sounds cool to me. Buy in for however many chips you want. Win your table and advance. If you can do it on the cheap, you're a genius!
(I feel like I actually have heard of a format like this)
 

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By the way, have you heard they're doing a "spin and go" shootout at the WSOP this year? I believe it's a grand buy-in. First hand is pineapple - everybody is all in. Winners make the money and it plays like a regular NLHE tournament after that.
 

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By the way, have you heard they're doing a "spin and go" shootout at the WSOP this year? I believe it's a grand buy-in. First hand is pineapple - everybody is all in. Winners make the money and it plays like a regular NLHE tournament after that.
That's nuts! hahaha
 

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In a closed environment, like a cruise ship, this is not a great format. A popular gimmick is the “free cruise” tournament, where it’s a weeklong shoot out, and the winner of each days tournament qualifies for the final table on the last day to win a cruise. The problem is that on a cruise ship you only have a dozen or so players if your lucky. You lose one each day, cause they qualified and won’t play in any more qualifying rounds, so about day 4-5 your not having enough players for a tournament, or by day 6 there are only three players in that tournament so that winning player starts at the final table with three buyins, while the first day winner starts with 8-9 buyins at the final table.
But hey, if it’s the only game in town….
 
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