I witnessed an unusual play and ending to a 15 player $50 tournament this week. Right after the blinds went up, one of the three remaining players said he had to work early in the morning and promptly shipped his 9.5BB stack with 3/4 suited. The SB, who covered him with 11BB's, snapped called with pocket TT's. The BB, with 4.5BB's behind, folded. Third place paid out $125, Second $250, and First $400. The tournament started 5 hours earlier. Low suited connecters are deceptively strong, which makes me wonder if the player who had the button was angling in an attempt to pick up the blinds. If so, how would you rate his play? The pocket tens held. The player who won the hand and now had 20.5BB's immediately offered to split the prize pool for first and second with the remaining player who had less than 5BB's. Seems like the big stack didn't have any real end game strategy outside of splitting the money if he made it to heads up play. Comments?