RIPON COLLEGE PROFESSOR McKenzie Lamb presents the secret to success at Monopoly.	                 Ian Stepleton photo
RIPON COLLEGE PROFESSOR McKenzie Lamb presents the secret to success at Monopoly. Ian Stepleton photo

     PRO TIP: read this column — and then burn it.

     You’ll want to keep this information to yourself.

     Here’s the big secret:

     I know how to win at Monopoly.

     But it’s only going to work if your foe doesn’t know the secret, too. ...

     Where did I learn all this vital information, and just in time: before everyone sits down over the holidays with a brand-new board from under the tree?
It comes from Ripon College Professor McKenzie Lamb, who recently offered a talk titled “Using Mathematics to Analyze Board Games” based on his recent sabbatical research.

    ... As for Monopoly?

     “The goal is to bankrupt your opponent, to go around the board buying up properties … It’s a very popular game but people are always complaining it’s too long to play,” he said. “That was the initial motivation for my project: How do you get it to go faster?” ...

     To read the entire column, including how to win at Monopoly and how to speed up the Chutes and Ladders game, see the Dec. 29, 2016 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.