How to Win at Monopoly ® - a Surefire Strategy

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How to win at Monopoly – a simple strategy:Always buy Railroads; never buy Utilities (at full price)*For every other property type, only buy them to complete a monopoly or to prevent opponents from completing one.Often this may mean buying as many properties as you can early in the game, but watch your cash reserves.At the beginning of the game, focus on acquiring a completeC-G [Color Group: all 2 or 3 properties of the same color] in Sides 1+2, even if it means trading away properties on Sides 2+3.After acquiring one of these C-Gs, build 3 houses as quickly as possible: no more houses, no less!Once your first C-G starts to generate some cash, focus on completing a C-Gand building 3 houses in Sides 3+4.Note: 3 houses is the "sweet spot" in the game as shown in Table 1below. That’s where you’re making the best use of your money. Single properties are the least good investment if you don’t build on them.The only exception to the above rules are when you need to acquire stray propertiesto prevent your opponents from completing their Color-Groups to accomplish the above strategy.Jail can be good.Stay in Jail as long as you can if an opponent owns a monopoly – at that point in the game, moving around the board will likely lose you money. Until that happens, though,pay the $50 and leave Jail as soon as possible: you need to be in the property acquisition race and collectingyour $200 salary.One interesting exception: Do you need St. James or Tennessee Aves to complete your C-G?Then stay in Jail and tryto get out by rolling doubles: doing so will increase your chances of landing on those squares by about 25%.The 5 best starting positions are – in order: All 4 railroadsOne reason why this is the best starting point:the revenue flow from railroads is much more constant over time whereassome of the other properties may have the same ROI but they come withbigger payouts over longer time spans.Owning 3-4 railroads is a cash cow: it will bring a continuous flowof money that can fund your monopolies.3 houses on each of the orange Color-Group (St James/Tennessee/New York)3 houses on each of the light blue C-G (Oriental/Vermont/Connecticut)3 houses on each of the light purple C-G (St Charles/States/Virginia)A hotel on each of the dark purple C-G (Mediterranean /Baltic)This option gives by far the worst return of the 5 starting positions; in fact, until you get 4 houses,this C-G is the worst investment in the game!However, his option does have 2 advantages: itis the cheapest of the 5 and it only has 2 properties so owning the entire C-G may be easier, especially in large games.* I’m assuming all properties sell for close to their listed price.This is usuallytrue, but sometimes properties can be auctioned off or traded much more cheaply or expensively; this will changehow worthwhile they are to acquire.

How to Win at Monopoly ® - a Surefire Strategy