Well, thanks guys for all your help and comments.
I just got back from my very first WSOP and my very first $1000 buy-in. My highest buy-in was <$300 previously.
There were 3221 entrants. The game was tough. Maybe it was just my table and my position. I had a Euro young gun directly on my left. He's been min-raising from all spots. He's been also 3-betting me light all the time. So, I had to pick my spots wisely with such a shallow stack.
I had to go all in at lvl 1 which I absolutely hated. I had AK and just tried to squeeze with a call and a LP re-raise. LP called and turned up AcKc. He had a freeroll by on the turn with 2 clubs on the board. My heart was really pounding with 1 card to come and I had to dodge a club.
Luckily I made it. I continued to chip up slowly and steadily. Actually I had to go all in 3 times in the first 4 lvls. The 3000 starting chips was just a little too short as expected.
I was never moved and this is the only time I wished I got moved. I hated my spot acting before the young Euro guy (he had a stack of $500 Euro, and bundle of $100 USD, so obviously a Euro pro).
Finally, young Euro pro's AK got crushed by David "Bakes" Baker's 99 all in (who won the $10K HORSE this year.) That left Euro short and he was quickly eliminated.
Then it was smooth sailing for me into about 1am when we made the money.
I went back to work on day 2 at 1pm to join the other 264 players. I had never seen AA once in 11 hrs on day 1. Luckily, I got AK quite a few times, KK a couple times. Trip once. Flop a straight. I finally got my AA on day 2 and doubled up. Then this questionable hand came up and please feel free to discuss it at the strategy forum:
I made it way past 100 but still long way from $10K (#36). So, I couldn't parlay my earnings into the $10K ME. Guess, I just had to wait till next year. At least I made the money and can decide on $1K or $1.5K event next year.