Tournament Brackets – Seeded vs Blind Draw

A common question we get – should I purchase a Blind Draw or Seeded Draw Bracket? What is the difference?

There are two ways to run single or double elimination tournaments — either “Blind Draw” or “Seeded”.


Seeded Tournaments are usually run with a league or season event so that skill level can be determined. The number one ranked team plays the lowest ranked seed, the number two ranked team plays the second lowest ranked seed and so on.


Blind Draw Tournaments are usually run in events when players are not ranked. For example, tavern or bar tournaments such as Darts, Shuffleboard or Billiards usually have these types of tournaments. Match-ups are based solely on the luck of the draw.


You will need to estimate the number of teams to determine if you want a Single or Double elimination tournament. Single Tournaments mean one loss and the team is done in the competition. Double means one loss and the team moves to the loser bracket – another loss and they are out of the tournament. After this has been determined, follow the rules of Single or Double elimination tournaments.

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