How to Win at Monopoly

This is how you win in monopoly

Ok, so you are going to Grandpa's this weekend and as usual he is going to take out the Monopoly game, and as usual he is probably going to win. This page will show you how you can win at Monopoly.

First realize that there is an element of luck in Monopoly, because you cannot control what the dice will show or what the next Monopoly Chance Card or Monopoly Community Chest Card will read. However, read and understand the items below and you will learn how to take out most of the luck element and greatly increase your chance of winning at Monopoly.

Buy Everything - at market price
As a general rule, buy everything you land on because of three reasons: 1) It generates revenue, 2) It prevents someone else from getting it, 3) You can use it to trade for the properties you really want. However, if it is an auction, do not spend much more than market value on a property. Also note that the utilities and the Baltic/Mediterranean group have little return on investment and should be bought purely to trade. See Monopoly Property Prices

Railroads - your cash cow
Railroad are cash cows and can help you win the game. Not only is every 10th square a railroad, but a Chance card also tells the player to go to one and pay double the rent. If you get all four railroads, you are almost guaranteed to win, especially if you get them early in the game. Cost vs. Revenue makes this a no-brainer. You should be willing to trade good properties in return for railroads.

Jail - to bail or not to bail
Early in the game, you are acquiring properties and building up your portfolio. You don't want to miss out on buying properties, so always pay to get out of jail at the beginning of the game. Later in the game, when all the properties are bought, you want to stay in jail as often and as long as possible. You still get paid while in jail, but you don't risk landing on other people's properties. Jail does not charge rent :)

Build, Build, Build
As you know, your properties make a lot more money when you have houses on them. You should invest in houses. Building one, two, or three houses raises your rent a lot. However, the incremental rent increase for four houses or a hotel may not be worth it. Only buy more than 3 houses if you can afford it. If you can afford it, build as much as possible as it not only increases your rent, but also limits the number of houses available for others to buy. (There are only 32 houses and 12 hotels)

Know Your Opponents
If you play a few times, you will see that the other players pretty much play the same way every time. They become predictable. For example, if your grandpa never buys the cheap properties, bid on them when he puts them up for auction. You may get it for less than market value. Some players also have a special attachment to certain Monopoly properties, like they are from that state, or it gave them good luck in past games, etc. Make sure to negotiate an arm and a leg for those properties. They usually trade with emotion instead of reason, and you should take advantage of that. On the flip side, NEVER show what you are interested in. Monopoly is like poker; don't show them your hand!

Choose End of Each Side
There are four sides to the Monopoly game board and each side has two sets of properties. The last set on each of the four sets is better, because houses cost the same as the first set, but rent is much higher.

Do NOT Mortgage Your Properties
Do not mortgage your properties. It limits you from building, limits you from collecting rent, and is expensive. If you can't pay your rent, try to negotiate a sale. Remember, you don't only have to deal with the person you owe rent to. See if you can make a good deal with one of the other players to pay your rent that is due.

Wheel and Deal
Negotiating, trading and making deals is a huge part of Monopoly. If you are a good negotiator, you will do very well in Monopoly. Keep making deals that make sense to you. Make offers when people need money, make offers when people need certain properties. Wheeling and dealing is the key to taking the luck element out of the equation in Monopoly. Also, when trading, never agree to give immunity, but always ask to get immunity. When people owe you money, try to get them to sell you properties cheap instead. Remember, someone else's distress and desperation may be your gain.

Orange is King
Because of its location to Jail and its cost to build houses, the orange property group is the best group in Monopoly. Your return is the greatest, and it is the most "popular" property group to land on. Make it your priority to get this group. Over and over, we see that people with all three orange properties will win the game.

Get Top Properties
In addition to orange described above, statistically, Illinois and B&O Railroad are the properties most often landed on. Make sure to get these properties too, even if it means trading. Congratulations. You now know how to win at Monopoly. In summary, to win at Monopoly, make sure you get the railroads, the orange property group, and as many as possible of the last property groups on each side of the board. Stay away from the Utilities and the Baltic/Mediterranean property group and show no mercy in wheeling and dealing.

Good luck. Actually, now you don't need luck, because you know how to win at Monopoly without luck!

Monopoly Chance Cards
List of all Monopoly Chance Cards.

Monopoly Properties
Details about the Monopoly Properties.

How many squares on a monopoly board?

Community Chest Cards

List of all Monopoly Community Chest cards

Monopoly Property Prices
List of all Monopoly Property prices

Monopoly Stamp

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