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How to win Monopoly and alienate people (15 Photos)
Monopoly is a classic, a classic way to start an argument. If you don’t want to be the cause of many pissed off family and friends don’t read on. But if you do want to always win Monopoly and thus annoy everyone go right ahead. TOP TIP: once you learn this method you can’t be the person who says “let’s play monopoly!”
This strategy involves using rules that many people don’t know about, and having the rulebook nearby will speed up the process of dealing with the numerous complaints you’ll receive during the game.
EARLY GAME: Establishing the first Monopoly
In this part of the game you want to gain a monopoly and begin improving those properties. The earlier, the better, and a 3-property group is far superior to a 2-property group if you need to choose.
Step 1: Acquire properties
Begin as you normally do, rolling and buying up whatever you land on. Once you start running out of money (say, 500 left), start on the next step.
Step 2: Trade to acquire a monopoly on a group
Do this as quickly as possible! Even If it means paying a very high price, or even giving another player a monopoly at the same time, do it. You can force the other player out later.
Step 3: Improve your properties with 3 houses each
At this point, there should be a good jump in your cash from rent. Spend most of it on buying houses for your properties. 3 houses on each is a good target, as there’s a significant rent hike at that house.
MID-GAME: Establishing a second monopoly and create a housing shortage
The goal in this stage is to gain a second monopoly, and buy enough houses to create a housing shortage, effectively locking down the game for the other players.
Rule Tip: Housing shortage
A little-known rule of Monopoly is that the game has exactly 32 houses and 12 hotels. Once you run out of houses, no more can be purchased until they re-enter the supply by being sold or upgraded to hotels. If there are more players who want to build houses than there are houses available, they are auctioned off to the highest bidder, one at a time. The core of this strategy is to buy up as many houses as possible before anyone realizes what you’re doing, and never upgrade to hotels to prevent people from improving their own properties.
Step 4: Second monopoly and more houses
Use rents on your improved properties to leverage other players into selling you the properties that you need for a second property group. If their rent exceeds their cash on hand, it’s often easy to convince them to give you a property instead. Don’t be too greedy here, it’s more important to get the second monopoly. Spend any spare cash on improving your existing monopoly to 4 houses.
Step 5: Housing shortage
With a second monopoly, your next task is to improve those properties to 3 houses each, then all of your properties to 4 houses each. 6 properties with 3 houses will give you over half of the houses in the game, and 4 houses each will give you 75% of the total supply. This will make it nearly impossible for your opponents to improve their own property in a meaningful way. Keep the rulebook nearby once the supply gets low, as you will be questioned on it. You will be asked repeatedly to build some hotels already so that other people can build houses. Don’t.
END GAME: Frustration and despair
At this point, you more or less have the game sewn up. If losing a normal game of monopoly is frustrating, losing to this strategy is excruciating, as a losing opponent essentially has no path to victory, even with lucky rolls. Your goal is to play conservatively, lock up more resources, and let the other players lose by attrition. If you want to see these people again, I recommend not gloating, but simply state that you’re playing to win, and that it wasn’t your idea to play Monopoly in the first place.
Step 6: Build a cash buffer
With the high rents you’re collecting, you should easily be able to float several hundred dollars at any given time. Your non-monopoly properties can be mortgaged for emergency cash. Since you should be bringing in more rent than you have going out, all you need to do is build up enough cash to protect your own monopolies from being broken if you have to pay rent to another player two or three times, or flipping the “Assessment for repairs” card. If you’re fortunate enough to land in jail, stay there as long as you can and enjoy the rent-free turns.
Step 7: Wear down the resources of your opponents
Now is the time to stop accepting properties or other trade in lieu of rent. Force your opponents to sell off houses, mortgage properties, etc. This will protect you from taking any major rent hits during your own turns.
Step 8: Finish the game
Around this point, people will start quitting and giving the rest of their properties to the remaining opponents. With the bulk of that property unimproved or mortgaged, it won’t do too much good. Now is the time to create a third monopoly, buy any remaining houses, and wait out the people who are still left. With the majority of the game’s meaningful assets on your side of the table, it shouldn’t take too long, and your opponents will have no way to fight back. Congratulations, you’ve won the game and everyone is furious.