Monopoly Deal Strategy

Comprehensive list of Winning Monopoly Deal Strategies

By Two Game Enthusiasts

The MONOPOLY DEAL STRATEGY website is a comprehensive listing of the strategies and techniques we or other players have used during our years of playing the MONOPOLY DEAL Card game. These strategies are a great way to maximize and improve your enjoyment of the game, bring more fun to the people you're playing with, help you grow as a game player, and increase your chances of winning. Read more about these great strategies by clicking on a strategy category in the below menu or select Table of Contents Search button to the left to see a listing of all strategies and categories.

Helping Other Players Complete Their Full Sets is Good karma

Since a Deal Breaker can only be used to steal full sets sometimes it’s good strategy to “help” your opponent complete a full set. One way to “help” your opponent is to entice them into completing that set. For example, if your opponent has two dark green property cards on the table (none are dual color wild property cards) and you have one in your hand (as well as a Deal Breaker), laying it down may be enough to entice them to steal it to complete their own full green set, you can then use your Deal Breaker on your next turn to steal that full set...

Maybe this is a Just Say No or Maybe it Isn’t…

Make your opponents think you have cards like the Just Say No or Deal Breaker even if you actually have them. One way to make your opponents think this would be to keep one card (start the first time you actually have a Just Say No action card) separate from the rest of the cards in your hand face down on the table. Then use it when you need to. The next time you place a single card (or multiple cards) face down on the table separate from your hand your opponents will think they are important cards and may hesitate to use the Deal Breaker on you. Only works if you do sometimes have a Just Say No and play it like this. Another way is to hesitate paying Rent or giving over property to an opponent by pretending to decide if you should use a card from your hand. While it doesn’t get you out of that scenario it does create a fraction of doubt in your opponents mind for next time they go to play a Deal Breaker action card against you.

Sly Deal and Force Rent – Make Money and Property

If you have a Force Deal or a Sly Deal and a Rent card for a property color you don’t currently have, look for that property color in the other player’s cards. Look for opportunities to pair the force or Sly Deal card with the Rent card you have but can’t use. If have a green Rent card but no green property card and your opponent does, on your turn use a Sly Deal card to take their green property card and then in the same turn play your green Rent card. This way you get a new property plus Rent vs. just laying the Rent card in your Bank or holding onto it for too long.

The following is the Table of Contents for the Monopoly Deal Strategy website and includes the various strategy sections and individual strategies under that section. Click on the strategy section head or specific strategy listed below to do to that strategy and see the details.

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  1. Strategy Section 1: Bank Related Strategies
    1. Relocating Your Monopoly
    2. Three Punch Bank Buster
    3. No Change for Rent Bills
    4. Wait for All Bank Deposits before charging the Rent
  2. Strategy Section 2: Card Type and Count Related Strategies
    1. Track the “Breakers” and the “No’s”:
    2. Know the Numbers – Just Say No, Deal Breaker, Browns, Blues, Utilities, oh my!
  3. Strategy Section 3: Table Card Layout Strategies
    1. It’s OK to Pay With Properties
    2. Build a Railroad Between Your Opponents and Your Valuables
    3. Not all Rent Costs Millions – Keep Some Change Around
    4. Hide the Most Valuable Wildcard Side
    5. Keeping Your Bank Neat can Give You an Advantages
    6. Never Keep a Dual Color Wildcard on Top
    7. Control Your Bank Face – Early Game
    8. Control Your Bank Face – Mid Game
    9. Control Your Bank Face – Late Game
  4. Strategy Section 4: Mental Game & Opponent Trick Strategies
    1. Maybe this is a Just Say No or Maybe it Isn’t…
    2. Trick Your Opponent(s) Into Playing Their Just Say No Card
  5. Strategy Section 5: Force Deal and Sly Deal card Related Strategies
    1. Sly Deal and Force Rent – Make Money and Property
    2. Being Smart about Being Sly – Take the Best Property
    3. Two Blue Properties Aren’t Always the Same – Maximize Your Sly Deal
  6. Strategy Section 6: Protection your Cards Related Strategies
    1. Play it Close to the Cuff – Wait to Complete Your Property Sets
    2. Learn From Voltron – Keep your Properties Separated Until the Winning Moment
    3. Build Your Bank
    4. Save the Best Properties for Last – Show your Worst First
    5. Go On Offense with your Just Say No Card
    6. Don’t Play Your Multi-Colored Property Wild Card too Soon – You Could Lose it!
  7. Strategy Section 7: Early Game Planning Strategies
    1. Acquire the Quick Two Card Sets
    2. Wait to Lay the Quick Two Card Set Cards
    3. The Railroad Business Can be Good Strategy
    4. Sometimes an Action Card is More Valuable in the Bank Then in Your Hand
    5. A Rent Card Could be Worth More as Cash then the Rent it Brings in
    6. Don’t Always Give into the Pass Go Lottery
    7. Seven not Five is the Lucky Number – Five New Cards + Pass Go
    8. Paying More Rent then is Asked for isn’t Always a Bad Thing
  8. Strategy Section 8: Multi-player Game Specific Strategies
    1. Don’t Charge In with a Deal Breaker
    2. Wait for the Just Say No to Go
    3. Debt Collect the Bank Poor & Property Rich
    4. Remember it’s a No Change Game when choosing who to Charge
  9. Strategy Section 9: Deal Breaker Related Strategies
    1. Helping Other Players Complete Their Full Sets is Good karma
    2. Sometimes a Deal Breaker may be More Valuable as Bank
    3. What to do When a Deal can’t be Found to Break
    4. Play a Deal Breaker When you Know it Can’t be Defended
    5. Double Deal Breakers – a Recipe for Safety
  10. Strategy Section 10: Two Player Game Related Strategies
    1. Offense is Monopoly Deal King
    2. Playing a Just Say No Card Early can Save You Later
    3. Multi-Color Rent has Multi-Values
  11. Monopoly Deal Photo Gallery