There have been some main event winners that just couldn't play the game... Take a Moneymaker for instance, pretty sure any random fish/sucker would have done just as well as him running that hot the whole tourney...
That's true. Moneymaker,Varkonyi,Gold and Yang are all pretty poor players now.
Hachem,Fossilman and Eastgate have proved themselves as serious players lately.
Like I said the best player dosne't always win. This year's final table the best player was Saout(based on their performance at the table). I also think Demidov(2008 runenr up) and Kravchenko(2007 4th) are seriously good players.
Also everyone needs to perish the Ivey is the geratest of all time talk. He still has some work to do to achieve that title.
Also Layne Flack and John Juanda are severely underrated players.