This Not-So-New Monopoly Rule Will Change Your Christmas

Christmas Day is just a few days away, and you know what that means… Family time!

Food will be eaten in excess, Christmas movies will be watched whilst Celebrations are scoffed and then suddenly someone will suggest a game…

You may just want to open presents and eat, but sooner or later the Monopoly board is going to come out so just embrace it!

Ahh a Christmas staple, would it even be Christmas without it? Now, let’s be honest, it’s going to end in an argument, but that’s part of the charm.

We’ve all got our own twist on the rules and usually the family all agree. But there may be a twist that we’ve all missed from the rule book.

As it turns out, hidden in the rule book is an “auction rule” that occurs when you land on a property but decide not to buy it.

Perhaps you play it like this already, but it was news to us!

The rule book does state:

“If the player lands on an unowned property, whether street, railroad, or utility, they can buy the property for its listed purchase price. If they decline this purchase, the property is auctioned off by the bank to the highest bidder, including the player who declined to buy.”

This really does change the game… no longer can you simply leave a property and hope mum doesn’t land on it, because if you don’t, she’ll have a chance to grab it at auction!

Equally, if you know someone wants to buy a property, you can bid them up so they have to pay a much higher price for it… this could get interesting.

As you can imagine people online are going mad over this discovery:

Others already use the rule, so all this hype must seem strange to them…

Are you as astonished as us to find out about this rule?

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