I don't know if you are aware of the controversy regarding the Tournament of Champions: Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson were given entries into the freeroll, even though they didn't qualify, and this outraged other players. To qualify, you had to finish in the top 20 of a WSOP Circuit $10k event, or at the final table of the WSOP Main Event.
Kinda a paradoxical argument: on the one hand, these three players being included reduces everyone else's EV. On the other hand, it's a fucking FREEROLL!
paul phillips thread here.
ESPN thread here.