For another player to own Boardwalk
a player before you must have landed on it. (Not
necessarily the same player who owns it now.)
The furthest you can move on your first turn purely by
the dice is 12 + 12 + 11 = 35, which gets you to
Short Line R.R., four spaces short of
Boardwalk. Nobody gets from Go to
Boardwalk in one turn without a card of some sort.
A Community Chest card is no help — the only
two that cause movement send the player to Go or
to Jail. You need a Chance card to reach
Boardwalk from Go.
Clearly one player can get there with the “Advance
Token to Boardwalk” card, but can two players get
that on their first turns? The maximum number of players
is eight.* The first seven can draw at
most 14 Chance cards (proving this is left as an
exercise), which is not enough to bring Boardwalk
to the top of the 16-card deck a second time.
But there's a second way to reach
Boardwalk. With doubles rolls of 10 and 12 you can
reach the second Chance space, draw the
“Advance Token to Nearest Utility” card, and
then roll an 11 from Water Works to reach
Actually, this isn't written in
the rules, but it's written on the box. It may be considered a
loophole. If ten play, the first and last could draw “Advance
Token to Boardwalk.”
One player can have gotten “Advance Token to
Boardwalk,” and another have taken the more complex path
above, but ending with a roll of 9 from Water Works rather
than 11. This question didn’t presume that you yourself
landed on one of the dark blue properties — that would
require a third method of reaching them in a single turn and
there isn’t one. (Rolling double fives and double sixes to
reach the second Chance space, then drawing one of the two
“Advance token to the nearest railroad” cards puts
you within twelve spaces of Park Place, but a twelve would
be your third consecutive roll of doubles.)
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