How to Make Monopoly Faster

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For more than 75 years, the Monopoly game has graced many game tables and living room floors. The game's lure of wealth and real estate dominance was born out of the Great Depression and the mind of Charles B. Darrow, who created a dream of monetary security when it was scarce. In its first year of production in 1935, the game became the bestselling game of the year. While family game nights still include Monopoly, players don't always have the hours the game can take, so institute a few rules to make the game progress more quickly.

  • Shuffle the Title Deed cards and deal three cards to each player before the game begins -- no payment is required for them.

  • Earn a hotel purchase once you buy three houses, versus the original four houses required to get a hotel.

  • Pay $200 for landing on the "Income Tax" space, versus the original $75 required.

  • Release yourself from jail only when you roll doubles or after five unsuccessful rolls for doubles.

  • End the game once the first player goes bankrupt. Each player tallies their cash, property values (including half-price for any mortgaged properties), and houses and hotels. The richest player wins the game.

  • Limit the time of the game to 60 or 90 minutes or a predetermined time. Each player tallies their cash, property values (including half-price for any mortgaged properties), and houses and hotels. The richest player wins the game.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider doubling rent payments to expedite the game. All money that is collected through the Chance or Community Chest fines go directly to the bank and not to Free Parking.

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