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A Monopoly Rule You Are Probably Ignoring – And it Makes the Game Move Faster

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FAIRFAX, CA – FEBRUARY 06: In this photo illustration, The Monopoly iron game piece is displayed on February 6, 2013 in Fairfax, California. (Photo illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OK, I have to admit it. I didn’t know about this rule until I started playing Monopoly on my iPad and I have been playing the board game for decades.

Did you know that if you land on a property and don’t buy it – then ANYONE can buy it at that time.

That’s right, it isn’t always about the luck of the dice.

If the player who lands on the property decides not to buy it, the banker can then puts it up for auction, at which time anyone (including the person who didn’t buy it at the time) can purchase it.

According to the Monopoly official rules:

Whenever you land on an unowned property you may buy that property from the Bank at its printed price. You receive the Title Deed card showing ownership; place it face-up in front of you. If you do not wish to buy the property, the Banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder. The buyer pays the Bank the amount of the bid in cash and receives the Title Deed card for that property. Any player, including the one who declined the option to buy it at the printed price, may bid. Bidding may start at any price.

This obviously speeds up the game because the properties are snatched up much faster. In addition, it adds an extra layer of strategy. Don’t want to pay $400 for Boardwalk? Decline to pay and let the banker put it up for auction. This is especially effective if you know the other players have less cash than you.

And this probably not the only rules you are breaking. The blog Plugged In pointed out some other commonly misplayed rules:

  • Ever get a loan from another player, or even the bank (with the exception of a property mortgage)? Nope…not allowed.
  • Run out of houses or hotels, so you’ve ‘imported’ them from another copy of the game lying around? Sorry. That’s a no-no, too.
  • Still claiming money when you land on Free Parking? That’s actually not in the rule books at all. Technically, landing on Free Parking does absolutely nothing. (My wife and I still argue over this one).

Of course, as Plugged In points out, customizing the rules of Monopoly to fit your needs is half the fun.

What other rules do you use?

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