Monopoly — you’ve probably been playing it wrong.
Monopoly — you’ve probably been playing it wrong.

You've been playing Monopoly wrong your whole life

IT'S divided families since 1935 - and now, a Twitter user has revealed that most of us have been playing Monopoly wrong since childhood.

A recent post by Twitter user @AskRubenHow2Bet has gone viral after he revealed a straightforward but little-known Monopoly rule.

According to Ruben, when a player lands on a property in Monopoly and chooses not to buy it, it then goes to auction - meaning the property is up for grabs for all other players.

Yes, it's a real game-changer.

According to Monopoly's official rule book: "Whenever you land on an unowned property you may buy that property from the Bank at its printed price.

"You receive the Title Deed card showing ownership; place it face up in front of you. If you do not wish to buy the property, the Banker sells it at auction to the highest bidder. The buyer pays the Bank the amount of the bid in cash and receives the Title Deed card for that property.

"Any player, including the one who declined the option to buy it at the printed price, may bid. Bidding may start at any price."

After his initial tweet went viral, Ruben also added further clarification.

Ruben's tweet was liked and retweeted thousands of times, attracting almost 100 replies from bewildered Monopoly players who had no idea about the rule.

Some Twitter users also took the opportunity to share other little-known Monopoly rules, including the fact that you can start buying property immediately without doing one lap around the board first.

And while many players believe money from fines and taxes should be placed in the middle of the board to be collected by the player who lands on the Free Parking space, this is also incorrect - apparently, the purpose of the space is to simply take a break and count your cash.

Who knew?