Here's my situation. I am a high stakes player and I regularly get invited to very lucrative freeroll tournaments. Tournaments like $500k given away and there are only 100 players. Nice! So anyway I was at a tournament recently and lost before making final table. I stuck around for final table and there were 6 players. Total prize was $300k. They decided to split the $300k before starting and each got $50k. Nice for them, but I was presented with a substantial question. If it had been me, I would not have agreed to split the money. Mainly because I think I am better than the "average" player and my expected value was more than $50k. Although the quality of play at these tournaments has increased dramatically in the last few years (thanks to all of the televised blackjack crap), by and large the players at these games are not great. However, that would have raised some problems. First of all, everyone would have hated me. I don't think there would be a concerted effort to make me lose, but suppose there was? I think they could really shake things up by having one person bet big on each early hand. One of them has to win and then I am chasing a huge bankroll. Maybe that's not an ideal strategy for them, or not realistic. Or maybe I end up in 2nd or 3rd in that scenario (and better off than splitting the money). Put simply, what should I do in that situation? Agree to split the money? And if no, how should I alter my play the last table -- if at all -- to deal with being everyone's enemy/target?