# Sumo playoffs

This page outlines the payoff procedures for use during the Akita International Sumo Basho to determine which wrestlers (rikishi) can advance in the case of a a tiebreaker.

In all cases, *janken* to decide letters A, B, C,etc.

## 3-way tie

### Choose 1

B and C fight. The winner fights A. The winner proceeds.

A | |||||||

B | |||||||

C |

### Choose 2

B and C fight. Then the loser fights A.

Continue until someone loses two matches in a row.

Example:

- B vs C - C wins
- B vs A - B wins
- A vs C - C wins. A is eliminated as they lost two matches in a row. B & C proceed.

## 4-way tie

### Choose 1

A and B fight. C and D fight. The winner of both enter a final. The winner proceeds.

A | |||||||

B | |||||||

Winner of A vs B | |||||||

Winner of C vs D | |||||||

C | |||||||

D |

### Choose 2

A and B fight. C and D fight. Both winners proceeds.

A | |||||||

B | |||||||

C | |||||||

D |

### Choose 3

A and B fight. C and D fight. The loser of both enter a final. The loser is eliminated.

A | |||||||

B | |||||||

Loser of A vs B | |||||||

Loser of C vs D | |||||||

C | |||||||

D |

## 5-way tie

### Choose 1

Overall winner proceeds.

C | |||||||||||

D | |||||||||||

Winner of C vs D | |||||||||||

E | |||||||||||

Winner from C, D, E | |||||||||||

Winner A vs B | |||||||||||

A | |||||||||||

B |

### Choose 2

Both winners proceed.

C | |||||||||||

D | |||||||||||

Winner of C vs D | |||||||||||

E | |||||||||||

Winner from C, D, E | |||||||||||

Winner A vs B | |||||||||||

A | |||||||||||

B |

### Choose 3

### Choose 4

**Step 1:** A and B fight. C and D fight. The winners proceeds.

A | |||||||

B | |||||||

Winner of A vs B | |||||||

Winner of C vs D | |||||||

C | |||||||

D |

**Step 2:** If, for example A & C won, the two losers, B & D, enter a 3-way tie with E, where 2 must be selected.

D and E fight. Then the loser fights B.

Continue until someone loses two matches in a row (do not count loses from Step 1).