I love the HPT. I had thought about giving it a try. I really like the format. The HPT was a great idea and if anything would love to play in it for the experience. Also it might get your name out there and you might be able to network a bit. Who knows you might be sitting to the next WSOP champ. Good luck and maybe I will see you up there.
I live in California, and to the best of my knowledge, the Heartland Poker Tour doesn't make any stops in my state. grrrrr I'd love to play in one of those, they look like a great tournament and I know the structures of the tournaments were recently improved. Best of luck to you if you do indeed decide to take a shot at it!! Why not, right? It is only 20 minutes from your crib. Can you say home field advantage? heheeh Let us know what you are wearing at the final table so we know who to look for when they air the episode!!