Wow, there's a lot of "weight" here, many cogent and valid points........ and, at least IMO, a couple of major fallacies.
I don't play in the kind of high level stakes you're concentrating on here, not on a regular basis. But, like many other "recreational" players, I kinda follow the big money scene, at least on Stars.. And, I see a little of what you're hinting at here, but I don't buy the fact that it's as widespread as you make it out to be. Nor do I think that "40/60" players aree controlling the online gaming sites. I mean, a donkey with money still has long ears, and if he gets 'em stepped on 60% of the time, sooner or later he's gonna need plastic surgery.
If you play that kind of maniacal style for thousands of $ a week, every week, unless you're a Gotti or a Rockefeller, or you're servicing Paris Hillton, the well will dry up. Maybe not this week, or even this year, but IT WILL dry up. What % of these players truly make it big over the long haul, do you think? For that matter, what % of the "top" pros do, over the long haul.? I mean, discounting the TV jobs, the book deals, the sponsorships and all, none of which are readily available to online sharks.
And where does your view of the situation fit in examples like Alex Jacob, Falad Friedman, justto name a couple. These are not constructs of the well heeled, nor bots. Like 'em or hate 'em, they worked hard attheir craft, and talent will out.
I may be naive in many ways, but I didn't fall off the turnip truck last week, either. There's some validity in whar you have to say, and you said it very well, but it's far from the whole story.