Originally Posted by cuddlesgeage
Are you allowed to go to the cage and exchange cash for chips? I thought that at the Kennel Club you had to buy them from the dealer. I never really thought about it before because it was never a big deal to just give the dealer your money.
Of course you can.
I disagree that it takes only 20 seconds. It happens frequently and it usually takes a bit longer. I often see a new player stop the game, reach into his pocket, slowly count money, and then have the dealer exchange. Heck, just last night a guy took about 3 minutes to exchange for chips. He had the dealer count and recount the small stack of twenties he put on the table... and then had a short discussion about the min/max buy-in.
Anyway, what doesn't slow the game at all is first going to the cage.