1) Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey does what Phil Ivey wants:
- See ESPN Fights Phil Ivey Over Logo, Loses.
- Update, 2009: Phil refused to be on ESPN's featured tables (the ones with hole-card cams) this year... so ESPN changed the featured tables.
- When there's an all-in, they stop the action and a WSOP supervisor asks an ESPN producer if they should wait for a camera. If ESPN isn't interested, they get on with play. See also Vicky Coren's eloquent opinion on this practice.
- ESPN is also believed to decide when play should stop for the night.
- Penalties may even get reversed for TV: short-stacked Phil Hellmuth was deep into the Main Event when he got a one-orbit penalty, which could have shortened his survival on a TV table. Somehow, it got overturned. Many people think it was because Phil Hellmuth does what Phil Hellmuth wants, but I wonder if it wasn't to maximize Phil Hellmuth's airtime late in the Main Event
They do whatever ESPN tells them to do. Unless Phil Ivey's around.