I've currently been a witness to the following scenario in a MTT:
Bubble play - 26 players still in play, 24 places paid.
- Player A gets eliminated on table 1.
- Player B gets eliminated on table 2
- Player C notices that there are only 24 players left in the tournament and doesn't hesitate to go all-in... and gets eliminated.
- Player B finishes in a paid position.
Is it the pre-play amount of chips that determines the final position? This is a simplified example, but in huge tournaments with thousands of players playing at the bubble, it must be quite common.