Yep - it's finally set - the 2010 "November Nine," aka, the Final Table of the Main Event of the 2010 World Series of Poker. In case you missed it, a few years ago the WSOP made the decision to halt play for several months (from July until November) once the final table was reached. Although it completely disrupts the flow of play, it allows the players ample time to attain lucrative marketing deals for themselves (yes, they get paid to wear patches or gear at the final table), as well as prepare for their specific opponents, get coaching, and more importantly of course, for ESPN and the WSOP to market the televised coverage of the event. Each year I tell myself I'm going to try to qualify for a main event seat by playing poker online, but each year I don't even try. Maybe next year - now that I'm up in the woods of NH.
As usual, two blogs have done a tremendous job covering the proceedings. Pauly at Tao of Poker has an index featuring all his lengthy coverage in one place. Also, the guys at WickedChopsPoker have been thorough in their coverage, including their photography, and have a nice one page writeup of bios of the final table participants.