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Monopoly Deal is a light, fun card game that takes about 15 minutes to play. It is for 2 to 5 players and best suited for those ages 8 or older. It is a great family game – we like to end our game nights with it. It is all about collecting properties and stealing from your opponents!
How To Win Monopoly Deal
Be the first player to collect three (3) full property sets of different colors. Some sets consist of two cards, and others have three cards.
How To Play Monopoly Deal
Shuffle the cards and deal out five face down to every player. The rest of the cards go into the center as a draw pile. The youngest player begins and play, then goes clockwise.
On your turn, you do two things. First, draw 2 cards from the draw pile. Second, you can lay up to 3 cards from your hand. However, you don’t have to play any cards if you don’t want to. Place them face up in front of you in one of the following ways:
- Money or Action cards you turn into money get played to your bank. The value of an action card when saved as money is shown in the corner of the card. Once an action card is turned into money, you cannot use it as an action for the rest of the game. Even if it is used to pay up to another player, it remains as money until the end of the game. You will want to bank as much as you can as money because you will eventually have to pay other players!
- Lay down a property card face up in front of you. Note property cards do not ever go into your bank.
- Play an action card. Follow the instructions on the car and put it in the discard pile next to the draw pile.
Your turn ends when you have played up to 3 cards from your hand. If you have more than 7 cards in your hand, discard extra cards at the end of your turn to bring your hand back down to 7.
Other Information About Monopoly Deal To Keep In Mind
If you have no cards left at the beginning of your turn, pick up 5 cards instead of 2.
Never put saved cards back into your hand.
Do not pay off other players with cards from your hand. You can only pay using the cards saved in your bank or if you don’t have enough money in your bank, using a saved property. You can pay with cards from your bank, your saved properties, or a combination of both. You choose how to pay, not the other player you are paying.
Change is never given back to the paying player. For example, if the rent is 2m and you only can pay 4m you don’t receive change back.
If you don’t have any properties or money saved in front of you, then you do not have to pay anything.
Wild cards are used as property cards of that color. You can replace the wild card with a solid property and reuse the wild card somewhere else in your lineup where it is needed. For example, if you have the dark blue and green wild card with your solid Boardwalk card and you draw Park Place, replace the wild card with that card and turn it into a green property.
You can only reorganize your properties when it is your turn. If you realize you can win during someone else’s turn, you have to wait until it is your turn to declare your win!
If you pay with properties, they must go into the other player’s property collection (never the bank).
The Cards In Monopoly Deal
Sly Deal – Steal a property from another player (you cannot steal from a full set). Can also be banked as money.
Deal Breaker – Steal a full set of properties. Can also be banked as money.
Forced Deal – Swap one of your properties for another. Can also be banked as money.
Just Say No – Use any time to cancel an action against you. If the player has another Just Say No, they can cancel your no! Can also be banked as money.
Debt Collector – Demand 5m from another player. Can also be banked as money.
It’s My Birthday – All players give you 2m. Can also be banked as money.
Rent – Charge others rent on properties you own. Can also be banked as money.
Double the Rent – Play with a standard rent card to double the amount owed. Can also be banked as money.
Pass Go – Pick up 2 extra cards. You can play more than one Pass Go card during your turn. Can also be banked as money.
House/Hotel – Add these to a full set of properties. Only one house and one hotel can be on the set. A house has to be placed down before a hotel. Can also be banked as money.
Property Wild Cards – Used as substitutes for property cards of one of the colors shown on the card. You can change these around during your turn. There are 2 multicolored property wild cards that can be used as any color. They have no monetary value and cannot be used as payment.
Money Cards – Put in your bank to be used to pay other players when necessary.
Property Cards – Each shows how many you need to complete a full set, including utilities and railroads.