Win A Game Of Monopoly In 21 Seconds

As black, it's possible to win a game of Chess in two moves. This play even has a name, Fool's mate, as it relies on the white player's poor judgement. Now Monopoly doesn't lend itself to such a predictable losing strategy, given its randomness, but with the correct alignment of celestial bodies, it's entirely possible to bankrupt a player in a mere four turns.

Scatterplot's Dan Myers decided to orchestrate the feat on video, which you can watch above. It doesn't do that great a job of demonstrating how the hypothetical game would play out, but, thankfully, Myers has outlined the steps on his blog (using the game's US edition). Here's a snippet of the first two turns, so you can get an idea of its improbability:

Player 1, Turn 1:

Roll: 6-6, Lands on: Electric Company Action: None, Doubles therefore roll again

Roll: 6-6, Lands on: Illinois Avenue Action: None, Doubles therefore roll again

Roll: 4-5, Lands on: Community Chest "Bank error in your favor, Collect $200" Action: Collects $200 (now has $1700)

Player 2, Turn 1:

Roll: 2-2, Lands on: Income Tax Action: Pay $200 (now has $1300), Doubles therefore rolls again

Roll: 5-6, Lands on: Pennsylvania Rail Road Action: None

...

The odds of this magical sequence occurring is beyond remote, considering it requires specific dice rolls, consecutive moves/actions by the one player, a set ordering of Chance and Community cards and of course, player cooperation.

It's also been pointed out that by the rules, if a player decides not to buy a property he or she lands on, it goes to auction, where it could be sold for a single dollar. While both players can choose not to bid, it's highly unlikely.

Fun exercise, though. Any suggestions for other board games?

[Scatterplot, via Neatorama]


Comments

    Assuming Co-operative game theory, this will occur every 1 in 1624959306694656 games

    That is, 1 in 1.62 Quadrillion Games. According to wikipedia, average length of a monopoly game is 1-4 hours. However, if we assume two skillful players, who are both willing to draw a stalemate game (where neither player has a monopoly after all properties are purchased), we could say an average game length of 30 minutes. Without sleep, thats an average of 48 games per day, which means it would take 33.8 trillion days on average to hit a perfect game, which is 92.6 billion years... given that the sun is approx 4.6 billion years old, and is about halfway through it's lifetime as a yellow star, we would need about 10 sun lifetimes to hit this in real life between two players. again, assuming these players do nothing but play monopoly for almost 100 billion years without sleep.

    What the fuck is this 'Illinois Avenue' shite?

    Learn to speak 'Stralian.

      You have to remember that Monopoly was invented in the US during/post The Great Depression, so the US version actually is the proper authentic version. The UK/Aus version is the "inferior" copycat version.

      You do realize you have become the Australian equivalent of those wonderful people in the southern states of America that that pronounce it as 'murica.

        'Straya, cunt.

        Last edited 24/02/13 12:21 am

          Yes, that is another fine example. Well done. Doing your country proud.

    Oh *fuck off* at this video. *NOONE* plays monopoly like that. Not to mention its a prescripted series of events. Come back to us with a real timeframe. Factor in time for actually realistically rolling the dice, time for consideration of what to do, minimum time for discussion and contemplation? Complete BS. Sorry.

    Err, don't you have to circle the board before you can buy any lands? also if you landed on income tax you can choose 10% or $200 so 10% would be cheaper?

      That's a "House rule" just like putting fines under free parking.

      Most house rules just serve to make the game longer and more tedious

    first of head over to http://www.boardgamegeek.com/ ... then after finding some proper board games and understanding the difference between a Euro and Ameritrash try finding a perfect stratergy for the top ranked board games on bgg

    These guys look they are on crack. And would be insanely impossible to bare in a conversation.

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