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Tips on How To Win Monopoly

Updated on June 25, 2016

The only way to win the game is by building hotels and houses. You can get $10 or so everyone lands on a property of yours, but you’ll never earn enough to win. By controlling the hotels on the board, you can win.

Try and get at least one property of every single colour set. If necessary, buy from other players. If you are successful, this means that no other player can own a complete set unless you choose to sell it to them (for an astronomical price). This means nobody else can build houses without your consent.

Now what you want to do is complete a set. Hopefully you'll just land luckily, but if not, don't despair!

What I tend to do is wait until the victim doesn’t have much money left, then offer to sell them the properties they need to complete a set at an amount that will make them surrender all their money, and also surrender a property I need to complete a set. To make them more willing, offer to let them have the more expensive set. They will agree, and have a complete set, but won't be able to do anything with that because they have no money to buy hotels. Then they land on my hotel, go bankrupt, and are out of the game. (it's of course my hotel they land on, because I am controlling who has hotels and who doesn’t, and at this stage only I and my victim have the potential to make hotels.)
Wash, rinse and repeat for the other opponents.

So there it is. Some may say my strategy is a little bit cut-throat, others may say I’m taking a child’s game too seriously. And yes, I admit, nobody will play monopoly with me anymore. But it works! Unless the players get sick of your superiority and join forces to bring you down (which has happened to me before), then you will win!


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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Doctor Kristy!

      Great hub. Wonderful tips. Working tips. Voted up and away. Now when I get a challenge to play Monopoly, I will be armed to the 'hotel properties,' with this info. Thanks, KENNETH

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      You had me at "Wash, rinse and repeat." =:)

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      kwade tweeling 6 years ago from USA

      It is cutthroat. That's what wins in a competition. The greatest key to playing fair is to have a good attitude about it whether you win or lose. (Or refuse to play a game that requires you to be cutthroat.)

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      Sam Kear 7 years ago from Kansas City

      This hub gave me a good laugh, I love your strategy!

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      Matthew I Crawford 7 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      You got it down pat. That's exactly How I play. I also try to focus on the cheap half of the board as it is much easier to build quickly.