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12 Ways You've Been Playing Monopoly All Wrong

Let's face it – if Dad's still winning after all these years, you're doing it wrong.

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2. The myth of the Free Parking jackpot.


The one where you collect all the money paid in fines and income tax? NOT A THING! Again, another "house rule" tweak by fans, but not an official rule.

Return the money back to the bank, please.

(Which actually makes jail quite cosy.)

Particularly later in the game and there's costly hotels looming, you're much better off not paying the 50 and sitting pretty in jail for a few turns.

4. Not sending properties to auction.


If you don't want to buy a property you've landed on, it has to be auctioned off.

(You may remember the great Monopoly mind-blowing of 2013 when the world realised this was a rule.)

5. Stacking all your houses on one property.

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Wrong! All residential communities are created equal. That means no stacking up Mayfair to a hotel and leaving Park Lane with two houses for 14 turns.

6. Acting like railway stations aren't a thing.

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True Monopoly pros are all about the railways.

It might not be glamourous, and it might be super annoying for everyone else, but it's smart! Play the long game!

8. Aiming too high.

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At the beginning it's best to focus on gaining a set of browns, light blues, pinks, or oranges.

You can get these to a hotel quickest, which can then provide the funds to move on up to the other side of the board.

9. Trying to grab those sweet, sweet dark blues.

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Mayfair's rent is pretty tasty, but Park Lane is rubbish. No one ever lands on it. And you'll be bankrupt yourself trying to build there. Art imitating life.

11. Building hotels: part two.

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Don't forget that there aren't enough houses to go around! If you avoid hotels, thats 12 little green bungalows that no one else can have.

Sneaky, but effective.

12. Showing mercy.


You can't just walk away from your problems! The "mercy rule" says you win if you reach a certain amount of cash. But it's not an official rule!

If the writing's on the wall and you're on the verge of victory, make sure you savour every last, bankruptcy-inducing moment.