WSOP 2014: Your elimination will not be televised
So you buy-in, you wait for your turn to play on Day 1C. Then, when the day comes you set about finding your table. When you get there a makeshift sign says you should go to the main stage in the Amazon Room. It's at this point that it dawns on you that your first day in the biggest tournament of your life will be played on the TV stage, under the lights and in front of the cameras.
But there's more. As you get used to the idea of all that attention, something else dawns on you. If your table is going to be the feature table, who is it exactly that's providing the feature?
This might have been what the first three players to arrive on stage, dressed comfortably for a long day, were thinking as they sat, or stood awaiting the news that would potentially affect how their big day panned out.
Like three defendants about to go on trial, waiting to see what kind of man their judge was, they did their best to look calm, like all of this was normal. They didn't talk to each other. Instead they made their last preparations, taking things out of bags, tapping things into their phones, taking a sip of water.
Off stage the introductions were taking place. It didn't look like these three men were paying much attention to it, but if they did it might at least have distracted them, as a white flash whizzed by wearing a back pack, arriving on stage to take its seat.
This was Joe Cada, the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, here to confirm the three men's worst fears.
In many ways 2014 has been an even bigger year for Cada than 2009, when he became the Main Event's youngest ever winner. This summer brought with it the all-important second bracelet, the vindication that leaves any remaining sceptics out in the cold.
"Just winning a bracelet in general is amazing," Cada said after the win. "To win two is a great feeling.
Team PokerStars Pro Cada was the star pupil of the class of 2009, a class which this year showed it's quality, with three of its alumni winning bracelets.
As well as Cada, Eric Buchman, who finished fourth in 2009, won his second bracelet 24 hours after Cada in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Then Phil Ivey, out seventh in 2009, won the 8-Game mix a little more than a week ago, bracelet number 10.
(For good measure Jordan Smith, who finished 10th in 2009, won the $120 Memorial Day River Poker Series event in Thakerville, Oklahoma this past May).
I'm not sure if any of this occurred to those who will share a table with the in-form Cada. Perhaps there was some comfort in knowing that the cameras were not yet switched on, and if Cada was to bring them humiliation early, it would at least be private.
For now Cada sets out on another bid to become the Main Event champion. He has the experience and he has the form. It would certainly be some triple.
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.