Introduced in 1934, the game of Monopoly is a best-selling game, currently available in 103 countries and 37 languages.The goal of the game is to become the richest player by buying, selling and renting the 22 properties on the game board. Two to eight players can play, and the game includes two dice, 32 houses, 12 hotels, eight tokens, money, Community Chest and Chance cards along with property and deed cards.
Designate a banker for the game. This person will also play the game but be responsible for financial transactions as well. The banker hands out $1500 to each player in the following denominations: Two $500 billls, two $100 bills, two $50 bills, six $20 bills, five $10 bills, five $5 bills and five $1 bills.
Roll the dice to decide who goes first. Each player rolls and the individual with the highest roll goes first. Play continues to the left. If a person rolls doubles at any time, they get to go again. Three doubles in a row sends the player to jail.
Roll the dice at the beginning of your turn. If you land on an unowned property, you may purchase it for the listed price. If you decide not to, the banker holds an auction where the highest bidder wins. If you land on a property that someone owns and you will have to pay the rent designated on the deed. If a player owns all of the properties of the same color, they have a monopoly and the rent is doubled.
Build houses or hotels on properties if you have a monopoly. You must build evenly, meaning you cannot build two houses on one property and none on another. Once you have four houses on a property, you can build hotels.
Land on Chance or Community Chest and pick up the respective card. Follow the instructions on the card. Some will benefit the player, others will require moving spaces and some others may instruct the player to pay money.
Go to jail and you are given two options: pay $50 to be released or attempt to roll doubles. After three turns, you must pay the $50 to get out. You still collect rent on properties when in jail.
Collect $200 every time you pass go, except when being instructed to go to jail.
Mortgage a property if you need to raise money. You do not collect rent on a property when it is mortgage. To un-mortgage it, pay the amount of the mortgage plus 10% interest.
Win the game by forcing all other players into bankruptcy, which happens when they cannot pay off debts to the banker or players.
Free parking is a resting space on the board and, contrary to many versions of playing, the official rules state that no money is awarded for landing there.
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