It Turns Out That There's A Crucial Monopoly Rule We Never Knew About


Christmas is coming, which means that we’re all in for a lot of fun-time family bonding. 

We’ll gather together in front of the TV. We’ll laugh and joke as we jovially pull Christmas crackers. We might even be forced into a family walk.

It’s inevitable, so why not just surrender yourself and enjoy it?


For many British households, one Christmas staple is a game of Monopoly (that let’s face it, usually ends with someone in a strop).

We all know the rules. Buy everything that you land on (except for the utilities, because they’re shit), stack up your land with houses, then hotels, and then gleefully bankrupt your nearest and dearest family members.

It’s what Christmas is all about…


It turns out, however, there’s a crucial Monopoly rule that the vast majority of us didn’t know about (we’re amateurs, apparently…).

Highlighted on Twitter, it’s known as “the auction rule.”

The rule book does indeed state:

“If the player lands on an unowned property, whether street, railroad, or utility, they can buy the property for its listed purchase price. If they decline this purchase, the property is auctioned off by the bank to the highest bidder, including the player who declined to buy.”

This is game-changing. Sure, you might not want to buy Leicester Square, but your mum has two yellows already and she’s looking cocky. You might need to buy it to stop it from falling into her grabby hands…

Also, say you land on Old Kent Road. You might not want to drop £60 on a property with such little potential, but if you put it up for auction, you might be able to snag it for much less. At £10 or £20, it’s not such a bad investment, and chances are you wouldn’t have anyone fighting you for the purchase.


The possibilities are endless, and people are getting excited…

Did you know about this rule? Let us know in the comments! 

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