Monopoly is a classic, easy-to-play, family-fun board game for old and young. In this how-to video from About.com, get a nice recap of the rules and insights on strategy about this beloved board game. Overview of Monopoly Winning the game means having a monopoly - all the pieces, all of the properties, and all of the money. The only way to do that? Bankrupt all of the other players. First, you'll need to be familiar with the board. Three out of the four corners have special spaces where you can land frequently, such as Jail, Go, and Free Parking. There are also 22 real-estate properties, four railroads and two utilities, in addition to a few spaces like Community Chest or Chance. How to Set Up the Monopoly Board and the Money One of the first things you'll need to do as a player is choose your playing piece like the dog, the hat, or the rider on the horse. One of the players in your game of Monopoly must be the banker. They'll keep track of the money not owned by the players, and they'll make exchanges when the player needs more money or doesn't have the correct amount. At the beginning of the game, you'll receive your bank. It's $1500 per player. You'll get 2 $500 bills, 2 $100s, 2 $50s, 6 $20s, 5 $10s, 5 $5s and 5 $1s. How to Move Around the Board Your piece moves around the board from one square to the next, and movement is determined by rolling the dice. You'll roll a pair of dice and move exactly the number of spaces that come up on your die. And keep an eye on those dice, because if you roll doubles, you'll get a free turn - and if you roll doubles while you're in jail, you'll get out of jail free. How to Get Monopoly on Sets of Properties Each one of those 22 real estate spaces, 4 railroads and 2 utilities have a special card that goes along with it, which means you own the mortgage to that property. As you gain property, other players in the game will owe you rent, or owe you fees for landing on your space. Buy as many as you can that have the same color, or have the same purpose. If you own orange properties, you want all three; if you own railroads, you want all four. The Rules of Monopoly As soon as you have a monopoly on a specific set of properties, such as red - all three - you want to build on that property in order to take in more money, more rent, when other players land on that property. There are other ways that players can gain or lose money when making their way around the board. For example, when you pass Go, you collect $200. (If you're sent directly to jail, you do NOT pass go, you do not collect $200.) You may also pull a card like Community Chest or Chance, which can send you to a specific property on the board. Those cards can also yield you special rewards or penalties that don't send you around the board. You can collect $10 for winning second prize in a beauty contest, or you can be forced to pay every other player $50. A player is eliminated when they've lost all of their liquid assets, all of their cash and all of their property. And when that player is eliminated, they go bankrupt. Anything in their remaining hands goes to you, the player who bankrupted them. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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