A couple of things to keep in mind. Once you reach the ante/blind levels of a major tornament final table, sitting around waiting for premium cards is a luxury no one can afford for long; hence looser play. Secondly, and maybe more to the point, TV coverage is heavily edited. Big bluffs, miracle catchs with ATC make for exciting television, hence that's what you see. This year's WSOP
ME final table took more than 16 hours to play; you'll see 3 hous of actual play, at most, im ESPNs segments.