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We’ve Been Playing Monopoly WRONG

Although you’ve probably played Monopoly at some point in your life, there’s a high chance you didn’t play it according to the rules.  Whenever you land on an un-owned property, you may buy that property from the bank at the printed price.  You then receive the deed to the property and place it in front of you face up.  So far, so good, right?  If you don’t want to buy the property, the banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder.  Any player, including the one who declined the option to buy it at the printed price, may bid and the bidding can start at any price.  Playing the game the way it was intended has several benefits.  It speeds up the game, increases interaction between players, and it makes the game less dependent on luck.  The reason no one plays Monopoly the right way is that most people learn how to play by word of mouth instead of actually reading the rules.