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Experts Share Tips To Help You Win At Monopoly Every Time

Experts Share Tips To Help You Win At Monopoly Every Time

If you're contemplating the second lockdown, and wondering what you might do to fill the hours, how about hustling your family or those within your support bubble at Monopoly?

You see, it's the popular - and unbelievably frustrating - board game's 85th birthday today, and some experts on the subject have been weighing in on the best ways to ensure that you end up as the winner.

First up, you'd better remember to buy up as much property as possible.

That might seem like a pretty obvious thing to say, but keep upgrading your properties and the likelihood is that you'll keep on collecting more and more rent on them.

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Makes sense, right?

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Dave Taylor, from gaming blog Go Fatherhood, reckons that he's found the most success with this tactic in his substantial experience.

He told the Mirror: "Always develop as aggressively as you can.

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"Once in a while you go bankrupt and you're out, but more likely you end the game quickly by bankrupting other players."

Next up, a positional tip - buy up the orange and red marked properties when you get the chance.

Taylor went on to say that statistically those are the most landed-on squares, so if you get a chance, buy 'em up.

Next up, don't bother saving your cash.

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That might sound counter-intuitive, but you should just get rid of all the money you have and invest it into properties, speculating on making more back in rent that way.

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This particular piece of advice comes from Monopoly enthusiast Flynn Zaiger, who explained to Business Insider: "While money in the bank sounds great, unlike real life you should aim to have minimal amounts of money in the bank at all times.

"Money in the bank isn't being invested, and isn't earning you anything. Your Monopoly banker isn't going to pay interest! It's almost always better to be purchasing items with your hard-earned cash, for the chance to deliver return on those investments."

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Monopoly world champion Bjørn Halvard Knappskog advises that - while it might be fun - you shouldn't waste your time with the utilities, as they offer only a three percent chance of making any money back.

Now, this is the most controversial one - don't be in a hurry to get out of jail.

Towards the end of a game it can be advantageous to remain in jail for a bit, as while you can't buy any more property, you aren't going to be paying any out to other players in rent, either.

Lastly, remember that there are only 32 houses in a standard Monopoly set, and if you own loads of those, that means that others can't buy them.

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Creating a housing shortage could be a quick route to a big win.

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Zaiger said: "If no one else has a monopoly, and you have one or two, a more long-term strategy is to try to shorten the housing market.

"If you have 32 houses on the board, that means there'll be no more houses for anyone to build with, and you'll be well on your path to outlasting the competition."

There you have it, use these tips and you're set to take the lockdown bragging rights in your household.

Just remember, you're stuck with them for a month, so don't gloat too much.

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