#881 When someone lands on the hotel you just built in Monopoly

build-those-hotelsShelling out for that primo real estate on the corner lot ain’t always easy.

Yes, you may have to mortgage Electric Company or dip into that stash of hundreds hidden under the game board. But after you make your big investment, there’s nothing finer than somebody landing right plum on it, right plum on their next turn.

And there’s always a new bit of tension on that first roll after a hotel enters the game, too. No more superquick circling and buying properties, collecting Get Out Of Jail cards, and winning beauty contests. No, now there’s a hotel on the board and you enter Round 2 of Monopoly, where the haves and have nots are quickly and ruthlessly divided.

When someone lands on the hotel you just built, the first thing they do is go real quiet and quickly pass the dice to the next player, sort of hoping you don’t notice that they’re squatting in your joint.

But you notice all right.

And maybe you’re even all polite and nonchalant about it, too.

“Oh, Marvin Gardens? Hold on a second, wait. Yeah sorry, uh, let’s see here. That’ll be $1200, please.”

“What, seriously?”

“Yeah, sorry. It’s the hotel that does it.” (passing the property card over for inspection)

(inspecting property card) “That’s crazy. That’s like all my money. I might have to mortgage Baltic Avenue.”

“I’m sorry, man. I’ll take all the railroads instead if you want.”

(disgusted) “What, no way! Then I’ll just have Baltic and the blues. Forget it! That’s crazy!”

“Fine … $1200, please.”

(angrily and slowly counting out and handing you a thick stack of hundreds, twenties, tens, fives, and ones that barely add up to $1200, leaving them with only a few properties and two $10 bills leftover)


If you build it, they will come

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45 responses to “#881 When someone lands on the hotel you just built in Monopoly

  1. M

    I just came across this blog, and it’s great! Keep it up.


  2. homelessgirl

    I play monopoly ruthlessly, and it is adamant that I cheat in each game. It’s not the same until you make up your own rules.

    In fact I don’t think I’ve ever played monopoly the proper way

  3. jdurley

    It’s also awesome when another player puts all their eggs in one basket and sinks everything into one street, but then NO ONE EVER LANDS ON IT.

  4. This is one of the most awesome feelings for sure! But only good if there are 4 or more players. 2 player monopoly is just lame.

  5. The dude who founded Priceline…his real name is Jay Walker…is a former Monopoly world champion.

    I asked him “Isn’t it just luck”? and got a long lecture about how I was as likely to beat Ivan Lendl at tennis as beating him down on Atlantic Avenue.

    As an aside, the dude has the original copy of Nixon’s resignation letter in his office as well as a bunch of flags that have been to space.

    • MaximRecoil

      “I asked him “Isn’t it just luck”? and got a long lecture about how I was as likely to beat Ivan Lendl at tennis as beating him down on Atlantic Avenue.”

      That’s a load of BS (on his part). Anyone can beat anyone in Monopoly. All one needs to do is get lucky enough to get a property group that houses/hotels can added, while the opponent isn’t lucky enough to do so; and then be totally unwilling to make any trades/deals. Eventually the one with no buildable properties will lose; whether they are a “world champion” or not.

  6. deutlich

    That was always the beauty of Monopoly – pissing the opposition off.

    It sucks being on the receiving end, though.

  7. I love you. There are so many awesome things in life. Thanks for reminding me!

  8. Freddo

    What crazy version of Monopoly do you have pictured there? MacKay Street? What is that? The only non-original version of Monopoly I’ve ever agreed to play is the Star Wars edition, for which I was willing to forgo being the Scottie Dog in order to play a game as Bobba Fett.

    Hotels are awesome though – but I’ve got to admit, I’ve always had a soft spot for getting a monopoly on the railroads. Sure, you can’t develop them, but they are a steady stream of cash flow from anywhere on the board.

    Taking a ride on the B&O!

  9. Perhaps it’s the British Version? Or one of them, at least?

    “Marvin Gardens” was always my favorite space, primarily based on its name.

  10. San Carlos

    I once played Monopoly with a bunch of investment bankers and private equity guys. They took the game way too seriously.

  11. While this is definitely fun to be in this position, it usually ends the game shortly after (at least for me).

  12. Definitely amazing! :D I love that feeling! :D Oh do land on my hotel. :)

  13. I’m always the guy that buys hotels that no one lands on. Also, whenever I buy Park Place and Boardwalk, no one lands on them, not even me. But if someone else buys them, I land on them every time. I have the worst luck ever.

  14. aj

    adding to the above, bringing in the next gen; mon jr. Kids like. It sucks. But tried out the short game of the orig….hmmmm teaching them to be ruthless xxxxx kers is this good?

  15. Chrissy

    That version of Monopoly pictured is from New Zealand. If I’m not mistaken Mackay street is in Greymouth.

  16. I use to always get excited when someone landed on a hotel. It usually means they lost the game.

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  18. Amilie

    Owning all four railroads is also up there. Not as good as having everyone land on your hotels, but you get much more steady and reliable income.

  19. josh

    Alot of smart people eat chips but so do the people next door

  20. T

    Whenever I play nobody buys Baltic and whatever the other first one is. It is not worth the investment. Also nobody EVER lands on my hotels…so when somebody does it is definitely AWESOME.

  21. MLZ

    Attention all Monopoly players: I will gladly give up all three Yellow props straight up (even give you some cash!)…(Hey, I even traded Boardwalk for New York Avenue one time!) if you will just let me own those lowly Orange properties, and I will be awash in your Monopoly money faster than you can say, “Get out of jail, free!” mlz

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  24. Ray

    Monopoly takes so long that the family rule is, if you have more than 2 houses on Boardwalk and someone lands on it, it’s game over.

  25. L I S U

    that was awesome. haven’t played it in years though

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