The Unknown Rule of Monopoly That Changes Everything

May 09, 2020 ByAndrew Parker

If you’ve ever sat down to play one single game of monopoly, you’ve probably blocked off a chunk of time anywhere from three hours to three days just to finish the *same* game. It’s not only a childhood classic or a great rainy day alternative, but it’s also the ultimate test to see which of your friends are competitive, and which are just awful people (kidding, kind of). One of the main reasons the game takes so long to complete is that all the properties need to be bought in order to form a true monopoly… get it? Well yesterday the Internet erupted after a Twitter user pointed out a very simple, time-saving, and completely unknown rule that comes from the official Hasbro Monopoly rule book.

A Monopoly game is seen during the Monopoly U.S. National Championship tournament at Union Station April 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. 28 finalists are competing for the title of National Champion

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BUYING PROPERTY: 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 means if you’ve ever landed on a property and didn’t want to buy it (all of us), the property then gets to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, which one could conclude that you can get many more properties faster for a much cheaper price. And THAT is a true representation of how to build a monopoly!