Here's How You Can Use Math To Consistently Dominate At Monopoly

May 19, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
Monopoly is one of the most successful board games of all time, generally coming in second only to old standbys like chess, checkers and possibly backgammon. The game was first developed in 1903 to demonstrate the evils of land ownership, but the modern version was first published by Parker Brothers in 1935.

A lot of folks see the game board as being an infinite loop, but this video shows that the spot to focus on isn't Park Avenue or Go - the spot everyone ends up at most often is actually Jail. Sure, putting a hotel on Boardwalk will put a huge dent on your opponent's funds, but it will also deplete yours and they probably won't land there as much as you'd like. Buying up the cheaper properties (with lower development costs) in the high-traffic area near Jail yields much higher returns.

I've followed this strategy for years, though I definitely didn't know about the Jail probability. When friends landed on my newly minted (and cheaply developed) hotels, I'd make the kind of aggressive payment deals and property trades that would make Kevin "Mr. Wonderful" O'Leary from "Shark Tank" proud.
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