Sometimes the best move is not to play.

Rich Uncle PennybagsA surefire way to win at Monopoly? Assuming you solve the big problem, which is getting somebody to play Monopoly with you. Sure, it’s been around for years and made tons of money, but is it a good game?

Monopoly is a game of luck, strategy, and people skills. No strategy will guarantee you a win; that’s one of the reasons Monopoly is so interesting. In any given game, a newcomer can beat a lifetime champion. Still, there are a few strategic tips that came out of the computer simulations that will help you best play the odds: you may not win any given game, but in the long run, you’ll come out ahead. The “people skills” element isn’t captured here. But as a general rule, think about what your opponents want and see if you can engineer a trade with them that’s a win/win for you both. That type of negotiating is as vital in Monopoly as it is in real life.

It’s a game of “people skills,” but I’m not gonna talk about that here. Thanks, buddy.

My best Monopoly story is the last game we played at our little yellow house in Overland, Missouri was Star Wars Monopoly. We had eleven players, and I can tell you when you hand out all the money for eleven, there’s exactly one dollar left in the bank. Most of the game was ten people yelling at you to hurry up and take your turn. I won because admidst this hollering clamor, I negotiated two simulatneous trades (literally, one with each hand) with two different players to give me two monopolies.

Still, nobody really had fun. Not even me, and I won.


3 Responses to Sometimes the best move is not to play.

  1. Jason says:

    Candyland > Monopoly

  2. Bishop says:

    I agree that it IS a game of people skills. Mainly who can outlast the other players. You either make a stupid trade with someone to give them a monopoly (thus ending your pain) or you wait for someone else to do it.

    The longer a game of Monopoly goes, people have less desire to win and more desire to see the game end.

    It almost always ends the same way; someone makes a trade giving someone else a monopoly without getting one in return. That’s game over for everyone else.

  3. games says:


    You are the last……

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