Hey woloda, I'm sure we got a few live players on the community who have played at least some of the lower bi wsop events, and have seen people doing stakes on 200-500+ buyin tournies around.
I played in an NAPT tournament once, qualified through pstars, it was at the venetion back in 2010. Was a 5k entry, unfortunatly for me things didn't go very well and i got put out on day1, boooo. Other than that played a 500 live once, but didn't cash there either.
I look forward to hopefully some day getting back into some big tournies and doing well, but am sure it shall be further down the road than I would like.