I played in the 2006 WSOP Stud H/L tourney. It was $1,000 buy in at the time and I just bought in directly. Although in hindsight, I probably should have taken a crack at a satellite or two.
But anyway, it was an awesome experience. I finished 448th out of 778. I busted about 30 minutes after the dinner break when my Kings failed to improve against someones Aces.
I got to play with Victor Ramdin (who I nearly busted),
Robert Williamson III
and David Singer
Even if you don't have a huge bankroll, I highly recommend going out for the WSOP sometime. There is just an amazing electricity in the Amazon Room that can't quite fully be described.