Ah, Monopoly – we owe you so much.
Not only was the board game staple our first glimpse at how savage the London property and rental scene is, but it’s been at the root of blazing family rows since 1935.
With over 250 million copies sold, we all probably think we know everything there is to know about Monopoly .
We know the pain of landing on Park Lane with two hotels. We know the frustration of languishing in jail, while everyone around you passes ‘Go’ and collects £200.
But actually, we don’t know the game that well at all.
There’s one rule which, for some reason, none of us know about (even though it’s in the rulebook) – and which changes things considerably.
So other players can bid for a property you’ve landed on aren’t buying, with the banker acting as auctioneer.
As for what other players would pay for said property, this would then depend on if anyone else bid, driving the price up. If no one bids, then in theory a player could get a property for under market value.
But don’t take Ruben’s word for it.
According to the official rule book: “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 changes everything.
A game of Monopoly between, say, four players takes either one calendar month OR the the time it takes someone up-end the board in a fit of rage.
This rule speeds up the cycle AND potentially makes the property more affordable.
Just sadly not in real life.