Monopoly Deal Rules Made Easy: Setup & Playing Guide

A deck of Monopoly Deal cards splayed out on white background.

Monopoly Deal is a card-based version of the popular board game with the objective of obtaining property rather than money. 

What are the rules to Monopoly Deal? The goal of Monopoly Deal is to be the first player to complete 3 full property sets. During their turn, players can play money or action cards by placing them face up in their bank, property cards by placing them face up in front of their property, or action cards by placing them in the middle discard pile.

This article will teach you how to play Monopoly Deal and what the various cards mean as well as how to discard property cards and whether you can double double the rent or not. 

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Playing Monopoly Deal: Quick Guide

Each player is dealt 5 cards at the beginning of the game and picks up 2 cards from the draw pile at the beginning of each turn.

  • Number of players: You can play with 2-5 people, or you can combine two Monopoly Deal decks to play with 6 or more players.
  • Deck: There are 110 cards in the Monopoly Deal deck.
  • Turn consists of: You can play up to 3 cards per turn, either money, property, or action cards. You need to have less than 7 cards in your hand at the end of your turn.
  • Object of the game: The object of Monopoly Deal is to be the first player to complete 3 full property sets. 
  • Winning the game: When you have 3 full property sets on the table in front of you, you are the winner.

Setting Up the Game

There are several different kinds of cards in Monopoly Deal, including rules cards, action cards, property cards, property wildcards, rent cards, and money cards.

To start playing, simply shuffle the deck, and deal 5 cards to each player. The player to the left of the dealer goes first, and gameplay goes counterclockwise. 

Playing Monopoly Deal

To play Monopoly Deal, first remove the 4 “Quick Start Rules” cards from the deck, then shuffle the deck, and deal 5 cards to each player.

The rest of the cards go face down in the center of the play area as the draw pile. 

Monopoly Deal Rules

Monopoly Deal is a little different from the Monopoly board game and the popular Monopoly Bid card game, but it’s pretty simple to learn. 

Basic Game Rules

Each player picks up 2 cards from the draw pile during each turn. They can play up to 3 cards on their turn but don’t have to play all 3.

You can either play money or action cards face up in the bank, property cards face up in their property section, or action cards in the discard pile.

Players must have less than 7 cards in their hand at the end of their turn.

Just Say No Rules

A Just Say No card can be used on another Just Say No card. There are 3 Just Say No cards in the Monopoly Deal deck, and they can all be used in a single play.

Also, their use does not constitute as a turn. 

Payment Rules

The player paying chooses how they make a payment. If you pay with property, the property card goes into your opponent’s property section.

If you don’t have the exact amount, the player you are paying gets to keep the change. 

You can only make payments from cards laid on the table in front of you during your turn. If you don’t have anything to make a payment with, you don’t pay anything.

Property Rules

You can win with any 3 properties regardless of their colors.

You can play the Multicolor Property Wild card anytime, but you can only charge rent against it if it is played with another property card.

A player can only take a Multicolor Property Wild card that is on the table if they play a Force Deal or Sly Deal card or with a Deal Breaker if the Multicolor Property Wild card is part of a set that is being taken. 

Deal Breaker Rules

When you use a Deal Breaker card for a completed property set, you get any houses or hotels that are already on that property.

If you try to play a Deal Breaker card on a player who doesn’t have a full set, the Deal Breaker card is put in the discard pile and you don’t get any properties.

This also counts as a card played during your turn. 

Rent Rules

You can only charge rent on one of the properties in your property section.

The Wild Rent card forces the player of your choice to pay rent on the property of your choice from your property section. You can only charge rent for one color of property.

The Split Color Rent card can only be used if you have a property that has the same color that is on the card.

Once you play the card, all players must pay rent on the properties you choose of one of the colors on the card. 

Action Rules

You can use more than one Pass Go card as long as you don’t go over 7 cards in your hand. The Force Deal card can be used on any properties regardless of their values.

A Force Deal or Sly Deal can be used to steal a house or hotel as long as it is not part of a completed set. 

House and Hotel Rules

A house can only be laid on a completed property set and must be laid before a hotel can be laid. 

A father and daughter playing a game of Monopoly Deal together at home.

How To Play Monopoly Deal

Now, let’s get started.

Shuffle and Deal

Shuffle the cards, and deal 5 cards to each player. Put the remaining cards face down in the center of the play area. 

Take Your Turn

Play goes clockwise. Draw 2 cards, and play up to 3 cards on your turn. You don’t have to play any cards if you don’t want to.

Money or action cards can be placed in your bank, property cards can be placed in your property section to start building your property sets, and action cards can be played in the center.

Action cards can be used on your turn or held for later use. Action cards can also be stored in your bank as money. 

End Your Turn

Once you’ve made your moves, make sure to discard any extra cards so that you don’t have any more than 7 cards in your hand. The next player can then take their turn. 

Winning the Game

To win the game, be the first player to collect 3 full property sets of different colors. 

Deal Strategies

  • Delay completing your property sets until close to the end of the game.
  • Build your bank before laying down properties.
  • Hold on to your Just Say No card until you really need it.
  • Wait to play your Multicolored Property Wild card.

Related Questions: 

Can You Discard Property Cards in Monopoly Deal?

Property cards are placed in your property section. 

Can You Double Double the Rent in Monopoly Deal?

You can play two double the rent cards in one turn. 

Conclusion 

Monopoly Deal is a new way of playing a game that has been around since 1935.

The rules might seem a little overwhelming at first, but once you start playing the game, it is as straightforward as the original board game. 

Last update on 2022-05-18 at 20:38 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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I am a writer and an artist taking opportunities every day to transform my dreams into reality. I love learning new things and am always creating and innovating. I worked as an Art Instructor, teaching painting and art techniques to artists of all levels and ages. I have hosted countless paint parties and taught children’s art classes both in my home as well as an art teacher at a Montessori school.