The rules state that the beginning positions are unimportant, but what if two players play the same card in the first turn? How do you determine position for these players. If by some chance they play the same card in the first two turns, I see an argument about who gets bit and would love any input before I debut this game during my gaming night next week.
There's still placement at the beginning of the game, where everyone is laid in a random order in front of where the shark will appear. You play the first round normally, but there's no shark bite on the first round.
If the person in the back ties with someone else on the first round, yeah, they're at a slight disadvantage for that round, but the positions get mixed it up pretty quickly. Plus on that first round, people will often dump their low cards (1 or 2) because there's no danger. If you play a slightly higher number though, you'll jump ahead of them, AND have those lower numbers for the first few rounds when those other players are more likely to tie. Of course, if they know that, then... etc etc etc.