Two years ago I gave a view of the World Series of Poker as a spectator. Now I can give a view from a contestant. I have been following the ups and downs of Richard Harroch, author of Poker For Dummies and one of the top professional players in the world. He didn't make it into the money that year, but came back again last year and outplayed/outlasted 10,000 others to finish in the top 1,000. He got knocked on on Day 3, in 950th place. He was maybe 90 minutes away of getting to under #873 and being in the money.
In talking with him, it is clear poker professionals remember the "bad beats". Richard said last year he lost pocket QQ to AK, pocket 99 to 88, and AQ to A9 - all hands he played well and normally would have won. Wait until you hear this year's bad beat, and some other chatter he picked up in the hall.
This is from notes Richard took at the table, and it gives a very good view of what it feels like to play at the WSOP. And remember, kids - poker is for professionals, don't try this at home! Just kidding. Poker is the great leveler - a sport that an amateur can still win at. Wait until you read Richard's bad beat story! Enjoy!