Quote from ChuuJust wanted to point out that this shouldn't factor into the judge's decision. It is a nice gesture but in the end it doesn't effect the ruling.
I see this floating around a lot and I disagree wholeheartedly. In a place like the top 8 of a pro tour there is plenty of room for discretion. It's not about upholding the letter of the rules, it's about upholding the spirit of them, and since he called himself out and Finkle just wanted to play it out, it's easy to see where the judges were coming from. It's like when the refs in a pro sports game go easy on foul calls because both teams just want to play the game. A judgement call, but nothing to be bemoaned later.
Have I gotten game losses for less? Sure. Am I so bitter and jaded about that that I need to call out the judges at a pro tour for letting them play it out, when that's what they both wanted to do?