How Much Money Do You Start With in Monopoly?

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When you set up your board to start playing Monopoly, one of the first things that you’ll want to know is how much cash each player gets to start with.

The rule sheet that comes with your Monopoly game will have all the details about how much money you start off with. But, if you don’t have a copy of the official Monopoly rules or can’t see the section about the money, then don’t worry.

This article explains how much money each player gets in every version of Monopoly.

How much money do you get in Monopoly?

Classic Rules

According to the Classic Rules of Monopoly, each player starts with $1,500. This is divided as follows: 2 x $500 notes, 2 x $100 notes, 2 x $50 notes, 6 x $20 notes, 5 x $10 notes, 5 x $5 notes and 5 x $1 notes.

Speed Die Rules

The Speed Die was introduced to the Standard Edition of Monopoly in 2007 to make the game faster. Speed Die Monopoly has several different rules – one of which is how much money each player starts with.

According to Monopoly Speed Die Rules, each player gets an extra $1,000 at the start. If you’re using the Speed Die, the money to hand out to each player is: 4 x $500 notes, 2 x $100 notes, 2 x $50 notes, 6 x $20 notes, 5 x $10 notes, 5 x $5 notes and 5 x $1 notes.

How much money do you start with in Monopoly UK?

According to the Classic Rules of Monopoly in the UK, each player starts with £1500. This is divided as follows: 

  • 2 x £500 notes
  • 2 x £100 notes
  • 2 x £50 notes
  • 6 x £20 notes
  • 5 x £10 notes
  • 5 x £5 notes
  • 5 x £1 notes

In each country’s version of Monopoly, players will receive the same amount of money in the same denomination of notes. The only difference is that the Monopoly money will be called dollars, pounds, Euros, or whatever the currency is of the country in question. Older versions of Monopoly will have currencies like French Francs or Spanish Pesetas.

How much money do you start with in Monopoly Empire?

In Monopoly Empire, each player starts with $1,000,000. This is divided as follows:

  • 1 x $500k note
  • 4 x $100k notes
  • 2 x $50k notes.

How much money do you start with in Monopoly Junior?

In Monopoly Junior, the amount of money that you start with depends on how many people are playing:

  • 2-player game: Each player receives $20
  • 3-player game: Each player receives $18
  • 4-player game: Each player receives $16

To make it easy for young kids to understand, the money in Monopoly Junior is all in single $1 notes. Older versions of Monopoly Junior that were released before 2013 have $1, $2, $3, $4, and $5 notes.

How much money do you start with in electronic Monopoly?

In Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition no cash is used. Instead, each player receives a banking unit that looks similar to a Chip and Pin machine that you see in shops.

In electronic Monopoly, each player starts with $15 million. To start the game, remove all cards from the unit and hold the ‘C’ button until you hear a beep. Everyone’s balance will be reset to the starting sum of $15 million.

Suggested read: Monopoly Electronic Banking Instructions

How much money do you start with in Monopoly Millionaire?

In Monopoly Millionaire, each player starts with $372,000. This is divided as follows:

  • 2 x $100,000
  • 2 x $50,000
  • 2 x $20,000
  • 2 x $10,000
  • 2 x $5,000
  • 2 x $1,000

How much money do you start with in Monopoly Here And Now?

In Monopoly Here & Now, each player starts with $15 million. This is divided as follows:

  • 2 x $5,000,000
  • 2 x $1,000,000
  • 2 x $500,000
  • 6 x $200,000
  • 5 x $100,000
  • 5 x $50,000
  • 5 x $10,000

How much money do you start with in Monopoly Cheaters Edition?

In Monopoly Cheaters Edition, each player starts with $1,500. This is divided as follows: 

  • 2 x $500 notes,
  • 4 x $100 notes
  • 1 x $50 notes
  • 1 x $20 notes
  • 3 x $10 notes

The lowest denomination of banknote in Monopoly Cheaters Edition is $10, unlike classic Monopoly which also has $5 and $1 notes.

How much money do you start with in Monopoly Deluxe Edition?

The money handed out at the start of Monopoly Deluxe Edition is the same as in Classic Monopoly. Each player receives $1,500 which is divided as follows:

  • 2 x $500 notes
  • 2 x $100 notes
  • 2 x $50 notes
  • 6 x $20 notes
  • 5 x $10 notes
  • 1 x $5 notes
  • 5 x $1 notes

How much money do you start with in Monopoly Star Wars?

In Monopoly Star Wars 40th Anniversary Special Edition, each player starts with $1,500. This is divided as follows: 

  • 2 x $500 notes
  • 4 x $100 notes
  • 1 x $50 notes
  • 1 x $20 notes
  • 2 x $10 notes
  • 1 x $5
  • 5 x $1

Alternative ways of playing Monopoly with more or less money

If you wish, you can experiment at playing Monopoly by starting with more or less money than usual, although I wouldn’t recommend this.

If everyone starts a game of Monopoly with more money than $1,500 then the game may last longer than usual as it will be harder to make anyone bankrupt. Interestingly, starting with less than $1,500 can alo make the game last longer as more trips past Go are needed to make progress.

How much money comes in Monopoly?

You may be wondering how much Monopoly money is in a box. The answer varies depending on which edition of Monopoly you have and when it was made.

Currently, classic Monopoly board games come with 30 of each banknote, for a total of $20,580. However, older versions of Monopoly that were made before 2008 have only $15,140 in total.

The amount of money in a Monopoly set doesn’t actually matter that much. According to the official Monopoly rules, the bank can never ‘go broke’. If the bank runs out of cash, you can make more by writing on pieces of paper to continue the game.

How to hold your Monopoly money

Once you have your money, you may wish to keep it in a stack or to separate the different notes into piles. Each method of holding on to your Monopoly money has its advantages.

Splitting your Monopoly money into piles makes it easier to handle and to keep track of how much you have. However, it also makes it easier for other players to see how much you have, which could work to your disadvantage!

The official Monopoly rules do not mention whether or not you are allowed to hide your money, but doing so is generally frowned upon. 

After the cash has been dealt, all of the remaining money goes to the bank. Depending on the version of Monopoly that you have, you may have a plastic banker’s tray in the box with compartments to stack the money vertically.

The bottom line

How much money to deal to each player at the start of a Monopoly game depends on which edition of Monopoly you are playing. In most versions of the board game Monopoly, each player will start with $1,500. The rules state which notes the banker should give out but this doesn’t matter too much, as long as the total amount is the same.