Originally Posted by Braindead2000
It's not all speculation. Ever heard of Six degrees of separation. Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person on Earth (wikipedia). With so many pokerplayers there are a lot of friends, or friends of friends, of people who are involved in the negotiations. It ain't much but still you can draw a picture of what is going on.
If you want to take as gospel, anything that goes through six degrees of the old schoolroom game of "telephone", go ahead.
A 4th or 5th hand "source" isn't even a source, it's just someone passing something they heard (or read), from someone else who only got that information from something they heard (or read), and so forth.
There's a reason hearsay ain't admitted in court, and while this certainly ain't court, the very reason hearsay isn't admissible applies here. It is not possible to test the veracity of the hearsay -- gotta go to the direct first party source.