You've been playing Monopoly wrong all this time

29 November 2017, 11:02

Monopoly board

Monopoly is one of those games that we all play at some point or another, whether we like it or not.

Well, just before you dust it off for a Christmas family battle, you might want to double check the rules. It turns out, we've been playing it wrong for yonks.

A Twitter thread has brought to light a rule that only true Monopoly aficionados would know about, and it blew our minds a little bit:

That's right.

Chances are, you learned how to play Monopoly through other people, and assumed the rule was that if you land on a property space, and you choose not to buy it, then the property is not for re-sale until someone else lands on it. This meant that the game went on for a long time.

However, according to official rules, when you land on a property space and you choose not to buy it, the property must be auctioned off by the banker, and then the other players can bid on it. Behold:

Monopoly rules

This simple rule changes everything. Not only does it speed up the game considerably, but the auction allows players to buy properties for less than what they might usually pay. Plus, the person who originally landed on the property space can also bid, meaning that the player can make a strategic decision to send it to auction and buy it at a lower price.

Mind blown.

We can't wait for post-Christmas dinner game time now.