Originally Posted by cjatud2012
While I believe that you may be right, that they cannot buy you in directly, I would highly doubt that any major site would allow a player not to buy in to the ME with the money they receive. There must be some sort of agreement in place. The sites really want players to play in the tournament and wear their gear, so I can't imagine they would allow players to skip out on the tournament because they lose all that free advertising.
Actually, I've read in a few places that it's common for players to just take the money and there's not a lot the sites can do about it - after all, they've already taken their rake on the satellite entries and unless they made a huge mistake with their overlays it's actually other players' money that's contributing to the Main Event ticket, not the site's.
Think I remember reading there are some sites that offer extra bonuses if the players do actually front up and play though - an extra couple of grand for accommodation and expenses etc.