The Mega Shootout is a special knock-out tournament with several rounds, including qualifiers.
There are usually three rounds of qualifiers. If a player wins one of the rounds, she gets the opportunity to play in the next one right away—or later, if the tournament has not yet ended. It is important to remember that you can only leave the table before the cards are dealt. If you get up from the table after all the players have gathered, you will lose your place in the tournament. The winner of the qualifiers goes through to the quarter finals of the tournament.
Mind that the number of quarter finalists is limited. You can choose to skip qualifiers for a fee and secure a place in the quarter finals straight away.
The quarter finals, semi finals and finals start at a specific time, and the countdown timer is displayed in the tournament lobby. The prize pool is split between all the finalists, but there is only one champion.