Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

How do byes work within Voting Brackets?

Second_Street_240DB47EIf you create a bracket outside of the typical 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 entrant scheme, you will automatically create byes in your bracket - entrants that have no opponent.

Tip! As a best practice, we suggest creating brackets that avoid byes. This means using brackets that have 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64 entrants.

We will indicate if your bracket contains byes with some help text within the Bracket Preview header saying X entrant(s) will automatically advance. This means those entrants have no opponent and will automatically move to Round 2.

Understanding Byes

There is a common misconception on how brackets are meant to handle varying sizes. For this specific example, if you simply paired the two entrants who don't have a Round 1 opponent, you'd get a bracket that looks like this:


In this scenario, where all entrants are paired off in Round 1, notice that 'Vegan Brownies' essentially gets a free ride to the finals after only winning a single match. This problem can occur even more often the larger your bracket gets.

Spreading byes across the first round instead of 'perfectly' pairing up entrants makes brackets more fair and engages participation throughout the whole bracket. Here is how our brackets will spread byes across the first round correctly:


How Byes Appear in the Bracket Preview


This is how your bracket Round 1 preview will look if you have any number of entrants outside of 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or 64.

No Opponent will automatically be applied to your top matchups so that the top seeded entrants will advance to future rounds.



voting bracket - byes-1

The "No Opponent" cannot be moved or swapped with another entrant.

For Example: If you wanted “German Shepherd” to face off with “Pug”, you’d need to swap “German Shepherd” with “Golden Retriever”. Then “Golden Retriever” would switch seeds with "German Shepherd" and be paired with the “No Opponent”.