MONOPOLY secrets finally laid bare

“It’s our way of thanking Guildford for getting behind this great new board so passionately,” says WINNING MOVES UK’s DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, Peter Griffin.

Mr Griffin, 33, a Cambridge University games graduate, has put together this guide of how to win at Guildford MONOPOLY.

His formulae is perhaps as elaborate as breaking out of the MONOPOLY jail itself!  The tips are Mr Griffin’s and his company Winning Moves UK’s and are not official tips from MONOPOILY owners Hasbro. Mr Griffin has been working on these tips for years and is the MONOPOLY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR at WINNING MOVES UK, the company that has developed the Guildford board.

He is hailed as one of the world’s leading experts on MONOPOLY.

The official Guildford MONOPOLY board was launched in October. On Saturday are the first ever Championships at the White Lion Walk between Noon and 4pm. Up to 20 players will be competing all from Guildford or nearby. Here are Mr Griffin’s tips:


For starters Peter says at the beginning of the game, one should volunteer to run the MONOPOLY bank. That way you can be absolutely sure no-one is cheating!


Buy just about everything you land on. “The game is about developing houses and hotels to accumulate wealth and bankrupt opponents, ” says Peter. “Without a property portfolio you can’t do this.” And the best properties to buy? Peter says: “It’s not scientific because almost certainly you will need more than one set to win. The strong sets are considered as the orange and red ones. If you secured both of these you will be very hard to beat. If you get one and a couple of other sets then you will be in a very commanding position.” 


Be charming and don’t offend other players. “Often a game can hinge on swapping properties with other players so you can each make a set,” says Peter. “If you haven’t been nice to someone during that game they probably won’t want to trade with you.”


If you are in a winning position or even jointly winning then rather than build hotels, stop your property development at four or even three houses per property. That way you can create a housing shortage and inhibit other players’ winning ambitions. There are a maximum of 32 houses that are in play in a game.


Early on in the game if you end up in jail, pay straight away to come out or use a ‘get out of jail’ card, if you have one. Later on in the game, however, if you have built up a property empire then you STAY in jail for as long as you can. “This is a little known rule that can make all the difference between winning and losing,” says Peter. “That’s because you can still collect on your property while in jail. Also, if you are locked in the MONOPOLY jail you can’t land on other people’s properties and pay them.”

Peter concludes:

“Follow these tips and you could well be laughing all the way to the MONOPOLY bank.”

WINNING MOVES UK, developers of the board under official license from Hasbro, say the Guildford board has proved extremely “hot property". The board is deep into a third print run and the buyers include many from all over the world – tourists and ex-pats. “Online sales have been extremely brisk too,” says a WINNING MOVES UK spokesperson. 

The board features in total 28 Guildford landmarks replacing the likes of Mayfair and Park Lane from the London original. Landmarks that star on the board include the Cathedral, Castle, White Lion Walk, The University of Surrey, G Live and Guildford Spectrum.