Phil: OK, so when do you play Monopoly?
Melissa: I have not played Monopoly since I was, like, ten. So…
Ashley: Now I play it when I’m at my parents’ house
if there’s a big family gathering.
Estelle: I don’t ever play Monopoly.
Basically, you played Monopoly when you were a kid or when you were stuck inside.
So, I talked to somebody who played Monopoly
in a ballroom in the Venetian hotel in Macau.
I’m Brian Valentine.
I was the United States representative to
to the Monopoly World Championships in 2015,
where I finished third amongst the 28 competitors.
He taught me all the right ways to play Monopoly
and even make the game a little shorter.
All the rules, odds, and strategies
各种规则 胜算 策略
that can actually help you win.
This is a Monopoly board from…Target
but I took it with me to Macau
and asked all the players to sign it for me.
Just as a keepsake.
I’m almost getting the sports cliches talking about Monopoly
but it was very humbling to have made it that far
against players who are the best in their country
and who are fantastic people.
And this Monopoly genius
he knows heatmaps and housing arbitrage and strategy
他懂热图 住房套利 游戏策略
but he just wants you to follow the rules.
OK, what happens on free parking?
Do you, like, collect money from people?
There’s no money under free parking, I guess that’s the biggest.
You don’t put money under free parking
people see as a chance to equalize the game that’s stacked against them.
If you keep putting money back in the game it stops the progress.
People don’t play the game by the rules.
If they did, it wouldn’t take quite so long.
-Do you auction stuff off? -No.
– 你拍卖东西吗？ – 不
I remember reading it on the back of the card, but I don’t remember
I remember that always feeling a little over my head in terms of play.
If you land on it and don’t want it
it’s got to go up for auction on the spot Somebody can buy it.
You can start the bidding at a dollar.
I’ve seen it happen, and I’ve seen someone take Boardwalk for 20 bucks.
Once you have the rules in order, you’ve gotta go with the strategy.
What’s the best spot in Monopoly?
Oh, I’m sure it’s like Boardwalk.
That’s the glamour, that’s the trademark of Monopoly, it’s Boardwalk – you gotta get it.
那是迷惑你 这就是大富翁的特点 让你觉得步行道必须拿下
The object of the game is to take everyone’s money and be the only person left in the game
While Boardwalk certainly offers the prospect of that
$2000 when you get a hotel on it
think about what it costs to get there.
You’ve got to buy each of the two properties
Then it’s 200 dollars, per house per property
until you get to that level.
So that’s another thousand dollars on each one to then get $2000 back.
And there are only two of them, right?
Most of the other Monopolies have three spaces
that you can hit and then draw rent.
If you are building up Boardwalk and Park Place
before anybody else has built Monopolies up against you
then hell yeah, go for it.
But if you’re in a situation
where other folks have Monopolies on that hot side of the board
and you’re waiting to throw the haymaker, if you will, on Boardwalk and Park place
that’s a loser more than it’s a winner.
warm color=hot spots
You can go on any website and learn the basic parlor trick
that the oranges are the best Monopoly to have
Are you gonna now show a chart of
the Monopoly board with a heat map?
I’m sad to say that I will.
I knew that existed.
The reason that , that is so is
because jail is one of the most often landed on spaces in the game
The fact that the common role is 7,
then 7 from jail
while not an actual property it’s Community Chest
6 and 8, the next most likely numbers,
are St. James and Tennessee Avenue.
So you know that the oranges are likely to get hit on.
And also, by extension, the section between jail and go to jail
that side’s the side you want to be building on.
It’s feast or famine on the other side of the board.
So there’s a couple more strategies that are on the practical, not so mathy and
这儿还有几个策略 比较实际 与数字关系不大
If you get to jail early, go ahead pay up, get out of there.
You can also use your houses as weapons to control the game.
You have 32 houses in the game.
You’ve got to build houses before you can build hotels.
The houses have to be physically present to be bought
which is why, in a lot of circles
you’ll hear people say about creating a housing shortage.
You want to get to the four house level
so you can pull the trigger and get hotels if you need to，
or you can sit on the four houses and keep other people from having them.
OK, so final question.
So when I say what is the right way to play Monopoly
how do you respond?
The right way to play Monopoly is just…don’t play it.
Don’t steal from the bank.
And that goes out to my cousins
when we played when we were ten.
I would say, is it just like, to win? How to win?
It’s almost, sometimes, you feel like you have this Renaissance era
like sense of honor and dignity
Not that we’re going around slapping each other with gloves having duels or anything like that.
But…that’s the thing that keeps coming to me is honor.
Playing Monopoly allows you to get to know people
in a way that formal introductions
or being coworkers, or whatever, doesn’t quite show.
Because in an hour and half, two hour game,
you’re gonna see how people handle adversity,
you’re gonna see how people handle success
you’re gonna see, bundled in this short format
that allows you to see who a person is.
It’s Monopoly, we’re talking about Monopoly.
Phil: OK, so when do you play Monopoly?