Originally Posted by Goggles Pizano
"The ESPN production team will be following storylines that they believe will be beneficial for a broad television audience to be made aware of and will then request of the tournament staff to have a certain player(s) appear at one of the two “TV” tables. However, the tournament staff ultimately determines if and when to make a table switch. And, no individual players can be moved to a TV table. The entire table will be moved as a whole. Example: You are seated at table Blue 322. If the “TV” table requests a player from Blue 322 Seat 4, they will have to take the entire table seated at Blue 322."
Again this is from 2011, I'm not sure if any things changed in the past 6 years but it is interesting.
This is definitely the only way the can feasibly do it. Imagine the outrage from pro players if they did it any other way, but since we have had none, it's very clearly all above board.
Anybody complaining about the focus on Kassouf need to remember that he didn't edit the shows. He just maximized his edge using the letter of the law and finding holes in them. He's a lawyer, so he's spent quite lot on tuition to be trained on that.
If anybody annoyed the sh*t out of me in the whole ordeal was the floor staff who were completely unable to keep the situation under control. They didn't seem to know existing rules and made up new ones on the fly instead.
Where I agree with him thoroughly is that the other players need to learn just to shut out annoying noises if they need to think, whatever those noises may be.