The Monopoly Rule That Can Save You Money

Prepare to take out the game board.

You’ve probably enjoyed a game of Monopoly at least once in your life; whether you complete it or not is another story. You know the deception of the term, “Don’t pass go.” Do not collect $200. — and the joy of having someone land on your ridiculously high rent property. But there’s a (quite important) rule you’ve probably never heard of that could get you even more multicolored Monopoly money. These are other ways you play Monopoly completely wrong.

Ready to have your mind blown? The rule is that if someone lands on a property and chooses not to buy it, that property is put up for auction, giving any player the chance to bid on it. The banker is the auctioneer. Game. Changer.

The official monopoly rules State:

BUYING A PROPERTY… Whenever you land on an unowned property, you can buy that property from the Bank at its printed price. You receive the title deed card showing the property; place it face up in front of you.

If you don’t want to buy the property, the banker auctions it off to the highest bidder. The buyer pays the bank the bid amount in cash and receives the title card for that property. Any player, including one who declined the option to buy it at the printed price, can bid. Auctions can start at any price.

This means you could potentially buy a property for MUCH less than its selling price. Or, the person who landed on it could bid and get it for less than if they had bought it when they first landed. Bankers, prepare your auctioneer voice.

Before you head out and quickly gather your friends for a (new and improved) night of Monopoly, be sure to read up on these other little-known facts about board games.

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