re: Poker & BRM and tournaments
there are some smaller tourney satellites i have found worth playing in the past. with a weaker competition you can usually win a ticket or two. they're hard to come by now with so many sites off limits to US players.
large satellite entries to things like wsop
are really tough, as expected since they do attract good players.
if you cant pay the buyin, then drop down and enjoy the games until you can afford to play. its always better to have some money then none at all.