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Has anyone out there ever attempted to play Monopoly using real American Dollars (in lieu of the paper money)? ... everyone pitches in an equal share; winner takes all that they earn (the rest remaining in the bank is redistributed to the players equally)...

Original rules, including property auctions; no crappy free parking house rules!

Over the years I've consistently thrown this possibility out there to my siblings, parent, and relatives, among whom there used to be quite a competition around the game.

Monopoly is rife with luck and monotony, but maybe the huge cash layout would actually make it fun again!

Anyone know precisely how much cash would be required to stock the bank (my set is so old and I'm sure it's missing bills)?
 
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I know for a fact that in a lot of households this would cause even more arguments! shake
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pzkrakz wrote:
Anyone know precisely how much cash would be required to stock the bank (my set is so old and I'm sure it's missing bills)?


Yes. The bank of the classic version of Monopoly contains $15,000.

Yes, that's right. Fifteen. Thousand. Dollars. Still wanna play? devil
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Been done! The 'Great Train Robbers' played a game of monopoly with real money while hiding from the police shortly after the robbery took place.

No evidence remains as to whether they played the proper 10% remortgage rules...
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pzkrakz wrote:

Monopoly is rife with luck and monotony, but maybe the huge cash layout would actually make it fun again!


Why not just play a game you'd actually enjoy instead, with a huge cash payout?

Although honestly, by putting real money into such a game, you might very well cause hard feelings. Money tends to do that, especially significant sums of money. Unless your family already does this sort of thing all the time with poker or something, in which case, carry on I guess.
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Rat of Steel wrote:
pzkrakz wrote:
Anyone know precisely how much cash would be required to stock the bank (my set is so old and I'm sure it's missing bills)?


Yes. The bank of the classic version of Monopoly contains $15,000.

Yes, that's right. Fifteen. Thousand. Dollars. Still wanna play? devil


Even if it was someone else's money up for grabs, would you really wanna spend four hours playing that?


 
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Did it (sort of)

I would probably not waste my time playing Monopoly now, but when I was younger (between high school & college) and had very little other games available, a group of people would meet, drink beer, eat pizza, and all put in $5 to $20 each and play with the money going to the winner. Spending time with everyone was the real fun and I don't think I ever won the money.
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It would be tedious. In addition to the standard boring gameplay, everybody would be paranoid about cheating. shake
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Yes , Ive played it that way. except we substitiuted the 1 for a penny, 5s for nickles, 10 dimes, 100 1 buck, 500 for a fiver. This made it very tense. I enjoyed it.

for your information:

in Monopoly the bank has the following:

Actual monopoly

#--denomination

20--$500.00
20--$100.00
30--$50.00
50--$20.00
40--$10.00
40---$5.00
40---$1.00
TOTAL:$15,140

replacement when playing for money:

#-----denomination

20-----$5.00
20/35--$1.00 (replace 50s with 1s)
30------$.50 (we usually just added $15 ones)
90------$.10 (replace 20s with .10)
40-----$.01
TOTAL: $144.40

Breakdown of ante:

3 people: $50.00
4 people: $37.00
5 people: $29.00


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I actually think it would make for a more realistic game. Suddenly you don't want to spend anything and every penny you spend, you need to think about more. No more buying random properties because you can. That repairs bill - it is going to HURT!
 
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coyotelaughs wrote:
for your information:

in Monopoly the bank has the following:

(...)

TOTAL:$15,140


Hmm. At least I was close, then.

BTW, your avatar is funny as hell!
 
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Tim RTC wrote:
I actually think it would make for a more realistic game. Suddenly you don't want to spend anything and every penny you spend, you need to think about more. No more buying random properties because you can. That repairs bill - it is going to HURT!


It's hard to think up of something more painful than playing Monopoly as it is...

I have another fun idea! How about "first to go bankrupt must eat a bag of nails"?
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Yes , Ive played it that way. except we substitiuted the 1 for a penny, 5s for nickles, 10 dimes, 100 1 buck, 500 for a fiver. This made it very tense. I enjoyed it.


I did the same in my younger years with some friends instead of poker that night. We also played Candyland a couple of times. The winner got $.05 a square and the pot of $.25 for each location card drawn (molasses swamp, gumdrop falls, etc...) God we were sad.
 
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There was some guys that did this that were poker players.. I think one of them made the final table and they showed them playing it for real cash... It was the WSOP if I remember right! All I remember it was on tv and there was alot of cash on the table...
 
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BrenoK wrote:
It's hard to think up of something more painful than playing Monopoly as it is...


-sigh-

A kick in the nuts. There.
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coyotelaughs wrote:
Yes , Ive played it that way. except we substitiuted the 1 for a penny, 5s for nickles, 10 dimes, 100 1 buck, 500 for a fiver. This made it very tense. I enjoyed it.

for your information:

in Monopoly the bank has the following:

Actual monopoly

#--denomination

20--$500.00
20--$100.00
30--$50.00
50--$20.00
40--$10.00
40---$5.00
40---$1.00
TOTAL:$15,140

replacement when playing for money:

#-----denomination

20-----$5.00
20/35--$1.00 (replace 50s with 1s)
30------$.50 (we usually just added $15 ones)
90------$.10 (replace 20s with .10)
40-----$.01
TOTAL: $144.40

Breakdown of ante:

3 people: $50.00
4 people: $37.00
5 people: $29.00




$30 a person? Heck, I'd try that.

 
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Been done! The 'Great Train Robbers' played a game of monopoly with real money while hiding from the police shortly after the robbery took place.

No evidence remains as to whether they played the proper 10% remortgage rules...


That's interesting. In those times it would have been much costlier!

Well, despite the $15k+ expense (less whatever goes unspent from the bank), with a good set of dedicated, uber competitive players, I believe it would be as worthy an event as the poker tours ... once in a lifetime...

It would be a great way to open an FLGS (if there were a way to make it legal), since it would surely result in some free local press attention and large crowds gathered... Maybe if it were done as a fundraiser for each person's charity (although that would make it less cutthroat).
 
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As a follow-up question:

Are there any games out there with money denominations that would allow for use of real money for under $100?

.. Or maybe I could get a copy of Monopoly in Japanese that uses Yen denominations...

Makes me wonder: does there exist currency so inflated in that it would be cheaper to use that countries actual bills for a game than to print fake ones? Zimbabwe?

1 US Dollar = 37,456,777 Zimbabwe Dollar
So, we could easily play Zimbabwe-dollars Supremacy
 
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I vaguely remember a world Monopoly championship where the finals might have been played with real money.
This could have been in the 1970s or 1980s.
 
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Acquire would probably be a more fun game to do this with, but with the 5k notes just too costly... unless we play Zimbabwean Acquire!
 
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Asur wrote:
BrenoK wrote:
It's hard to think up of something more painful than playing Monopoly as it is...


-sigh-

A kick in the nuts. There.



But that's momentary pain, while the other is hours of pain....
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Monopoly won't work nor will Acquire because the bank pays out to players rather than having a closed economy where players hold all the money in the game. Who is going to pay the $200 whenever someone passes Go? Who's going to give a player $20 whenever they win some small change from the Community Chest or Chance card?

I'm not aware of a boardgame that'd be appropriate, where the bank does not increase the amount of money in the game as time goes on.

 
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ralpher wrote:
Monopoly won't work nor will Acquire because the bank pays out to players rather than having a closed economy where players hold all the money in the game. Who is going to pay the $200 whenever someone passes Go? Who's going to give a player $20 whenever they win some small change from the Community Chest or Chance card?

I'm not aware of a boardgame that'd be appropriate, where the bank does not increase the amount of money in the game as time goes on.



They way it works is everyone antes up to form the bank. At the end of the game the winner keeps the bank or he keeps all the money he has won and the rest of the bank is divided among the losers.
 
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You also have to setup a house rule that a player cannot accept anything less than the full amount of rent owed on a property. Otherwise, some unethical player will keep everyone in the game until he collects all the bank's cash.
 
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But I'd play something like this Do I smell a BBG Con event?
 
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