I'm not sure why this is an argument. Here in the US, total medal counts have ALWAYS been how it's been listed on every TV and in every newspaper I can remember since I was old enough to care to look (1980? 1976?) - it's not a better or worse way of presenting the information, it's just how it always IS (has been) around here.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/poker/news/story?id=6614429 Essentially, Ivey is sitting out the WSOP and is suing Tiltware, who handles the money for Full Tilt Poker, as US based players haven't been paid since Black Friday hit.