Monopoly sets up a helpline to stop boardgame arguments this Christmas

Anthony Pearce
A Monopoly hotline has been launched (Rex)

This number could save Christmas.

The makers of Monopoly have launched a hotline in an attempt to prevent family arguments over the festive period.

It comes after a survey found that a staggering  51 per cent of Monopoly games end in a bust-up.

Now a helpline will open from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day to ease your Monopoly frustrations.

According to the survey, most rows are started because of people “making up the rules as they go along”.

The second most common reason was “people being too cocky when winning”.

“Someone deliberately miscounting their move” and the “rule over free parking” also made the top 10.

The study asked 2,000 UK adults to share the most irksome habits when it comes to Monopoly.

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The survey also revealed the most common ways in which people cheat.

Top of the list was players staying silent when they have landed on an opponent’s property.

Thirteen per cent admitted to regularly lifting money from the bank when the rest of the family aren’t looking.

This Christmas, families will play an average of four board games, according to the research.

They are most likely to play between 4-6pm on Christmas Day.

Craig Wilkins, Marketing Director of Hasbro UK & Ireland said: “We’ll have experts on hand with the official rulebooks to instantly settle any disputes, and advice on how to resolve common complaints, with each person also having the opportunity to make a donation to Childline when they call.”

The Monopoly Hotline can be reached on 0800 689 4903

The top 10 Monopoly arguments

1. People making up rules
2. People being too cocky when winning
3. Someone buying a property you want, even when they don’t need it
4. People taking too long to take their turn
5. Someone stealing from the bank
6. Someone deliberately miscounting their move
7. Who gets to be the banker
8. The property auction process
9. Choice over tokens
10. What the rules of “Free Parking” are

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