Do You Know the REAL Rules of Monopoly?

I thought that I would make today’s post a little more interactive than usual, so I encourage all of you to make your comments below.  They may not show up right away, but I will do my best to approve them as quickly as possible.  Once I get enough comments and replies, I will re-post the questions along with the official answers.

Now…onto today’s challenge!  So you think you know how to play Monopoly, huh?  We’ll see.  🙂

Below are 10 questions that hit upon specific (or general) rules of the game.  Feel free to comment with your answers to any or all of them.  Good luck:

  1. How much money does a player receive when landing on GO?
  2. How much money does a player receive when landing on Free Parking?
  3. How much rent is paid to the owner when landing on Boardwalk, assuming it is unmortgaged but the owner’s Park Place is mortgaged?
  4. Situation:  You roll a seven, land on the chance space near Free Parking, and pick up the “Advance to Nearest Utility” card.  How much money do you owe the owner of Water Works, assuming that it is unmortgaged and he/she also owns Electric Company?
  5. How much does it cost to unmortgage New York Avenue?
  6. What is the highest payment possible for the owner of three railroads?
  7. Which came first…the Monopoly square spaces or the street names in Atlantic City?
  8. Is it possible to receive money from another player via trade if you do not possess any properties?
  9. If you are able to spend — via mortgage and cash — up to 1100 to build houses on the yellow properties (currently without houses or hotels and assuming no housing shortage), what is the maximum number of houses that can stand on Marvin Gardens after spending your money?
  10. You are grinning ear to ear after building hotels on the orange properties at what seems to have been the perfect time.  After doing so, the remaining twelve houses in the bank were quickly scrounged up by your desperate opponents, who could each only build one or two houses around the rest of the board.  You roll the dice, land on Luxury Tax, and owe the bank $75 (or $100 if you play the new Monopoly).  In an effort to build your hotels, you mortgaged every other property you own and have only $20 cash in hand.  Assuming that trading with your jealous opponents is off the table, how do you pay the bank?

Good luck to all who participate! 

About krusta80

I am a lover of mathematics, statistics, and games! Monopoly is the perfect storm of all of these, so I naturally I love Monopoly. :)
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10 Responses to Do You Know the REAL Rules of Monopoly?

  1. alexeigalaxy says:

    Without looking at a Monopoly board/set:

    1. You get $200 for landing on GO, the same amount as if you passed it without landing on it directly. You do not get any extra bonus for landing on it directly.
    2. You do not get any money for landing on Free Parking – Luxury Tax, Income Tax, Chance card fees, etc. do not get put there; they should go directly into the bank.
    3. Landing on Boardwalk unmortgaged but unimproved with the owner of Boardwalk also owning Park Place (regardless of mortgage status) means that you have to pay 2x$50, or $100.
    4. According to the “Advance to Nearest Utility” Chance card, you need to re-throw the dice to determine how much you owe the person who owns Water Works (at least, this is the way it was on the last set I played with – I know they changed the 10% option on Income Tax on some sets printed more recently so they might have changed other things too). Assuming the re-throw rule is still in effect, you owe $10 times the amount of your re-throw, not $10 times 7 (the old throw).
    5. It costs $110 to unmortgage New York Avenue – $100 plus 10% of $100.
    6. The highest single payment possible to someone who owns three railroads is $200 – from a Chance card ordering you to advance to the nearest railroad and pay double (assuming you advance to one of the three railroads owned by the player and that railroad isn’t mortgaged).
    7. I think the street names in Atlantic City came first (although this has no effect on the game).
    8. I think the rules prevent money giveaways, so I don’t think that’s legal. (I think money giveaways are prevented in order to keep one rich player from propping up another player until that player would go bankrupt to the rich player rather than a third player).
    9. Houses on the yellows cost $150 each. Put two houses on each property to build evenly as required by the rules, and you have spent 3 yellow properties * 2 houses each * $150 = $900. With the remaining $200, you can build one more house and put it on Marvin Gardens. So you can put a total of up to 3 houses on Marvin Gardens.
    10. This is ugly, but I think it’s correct. Since no houses are available and you always must build and take down houses evenly, I think you have to sell back all of your hotels. The hotels still count as 5 houses, so with the price of one house on an orange property at $100, the half price you get on selling back is $50, and you get 5*3*$50=$750 – but now your oranges will be raking in $28 or $32 each landing instead of $950 or $1000 (yes, I am that much of a nerd that I can remember rent and hotel prices off the top of my head).

    • krusta80 says:

      Excellent job! You got 9 out of 10 correct. It turns out that you can actually trade a Get Out of Jail Free card for any amount of cash, by the official rules. From what I hear, however, there is often a limit imposed of $50 in tournament play.

  2. Ed Gruska says:

    1.How much money does a player receive when landing on GO?
    $200
    2.How much money does a player receive when landing on Free Parking?
    $0
    3.How much rent is paid to the owner when landing on Boardwalk, assuming it is unmortgaged but the owner’s Park Place is mortgaged?
    $100
    4.Situation: You roll a seven, land on the chance space near Free Parking, and pick up the “Advance to Nearest Utility” card. How much money do you owe the owner of Water Works, assuming that it is unmortgaged and he/she also owns Electric Company?
    You must reroll both dice and pay the owner 10 times that amount.
    5.How much does it cost to unmortgage New York Avenue?
    $110
    6.What is the highest payment possible for the owner of three railroads?
    $200
    7.Which came first…the Monopoly square spaces or the street names in Atlantic City?
    street names in Atlantic City
    8.Is it possible to receive money from another player via trade if you do not possess any properties?
    Yes, you can trade “get out of jail free” cards
    9.If you are able to spend — via mortgage and cash — up to 1100 to build houses on the yellow properties (currently without houses or hotels and assuming no housing shortage), what is the maximum number of houses that can stand on Marvin Gardens after spending your money?
    you are able to spend $1050 and build 7 houses, with a maximum of 3 houses on Marvin Gardens
    10.You are grinning ear to ear after building hotels on the orange properties at what seems to have been the perfect time. After doing so, the remaining twelve houses in the bank were quickly scrounged up by your desperate opponents, who could each only build one or two houses around the rest of the board. You roll the dice, land on Luxury Tax, and owe the bank $75 (or $100 if you play the new Monopoly). In an effort to build your hotels, you mortgaged every other property you own and have only $20 cash in hand. Assuming that trading with your jealous opponents is off the table, how do you pay the bank?
    This is a very difficult question. I am embarrassed to say I am not 100% certain on the answer. But I believe you have to sell your hotels/houses entirely and pay off the tax if there are no houses available.

  3. krusta80 says:

    Perfect score, bro! The last question is really interesting, because it shows the danger of building to hotels when there are a lot of players with monopolies on the board and potential for a housing shortage.

  4. Tony says:

    Hey Krusta I beat you in monopoly last time we played

  5. krusta80 says:

    Indeed you did…enjoy it while it lasts. 🙂

  6. hamishal says:

    1. You just get 200 for landing on Go although a common “house rule” allows you to collect £400 in this event.
    2. Nothing, although a common house rule allows tax/fines to be put on free parking.
    3. 100 although one rulebook for the Ipswich edition (copyright 2006) states “Double rent cannot be collected from a colour group if any Site there is mortgaged. If you own all four Stations and mortgage one or more of them, you can collect rent only from the unmortgaged spaces.” However the official rules online (http://richard_wilding.tripod.com/faq.htm) state that you can still collect double rent which is how I play anyway.
    4. You have to throw the dice and pay 10x the amount thrown. You don’t use the amount you got to the chance. This card only appears in newer editions.
    5. 110.
    6. 200, if your opponent gets a “nearest railway station” card. Again this card didn’t appear in my older edition making it only 100 as the only card there is is “Take a trip to Marylebone Station”.
    7. The street names in Atlantic City, see http://www.hasbro.com/monopoly/en_GB/discover/about.cfm. Although until I looked up Monopoly online I had always assumed it was invented in London that is I had assumed the edition with Mayfair instead of Boardwalk was the first.
    8. You cannot trade cash for cash or loan money (although there maybe ways around that). However a few months ago I read through this and saw the answer about trading get out of jail free cards.
    9. 3, with 2 on the other properties and 50 change.
    10. You have to sell EVERYTHING to the ground as there are no houses in the bank and you must have an even number of buildings on your properties. Note that even if you had lots of money you would still have been better creating a building shortage instead of allowing your opponents to build.

  7. arthur says:

    1.)200 monopoly bucks
    2.)only what has been gathered through taxes/fees (at least, thats how i play)
    3.)100
    4.)You pay 10x what you get on a follow up roll
    5.)110
    6.)200
    7.)I THINK atlantic city.
    8.)no money trading.
    9.)-
    10.)-

  8. mike mason says:

    Do you own a property when you mortgage it? If you still own the property, then when Instructed to advance to the nearest utility etc. says If “owned” roll the dice and pay owner 10 times the roll. It doesn’t say If unmortgaged so I’m thinking that you have to pay even when it’s mortgaged because it’s not “rent” it’s an instruction on a card! This is a bone of contention between my daughter and I so I lost the argument only because she’s my daughter LOL

    • krusta80 says:

      Interesting! I suppose technically you’re right, but I’m guessing that the intention is for the utility to be unmortgaged. Unfortunately, several of the rules of monopoly are open to interpretation.

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