Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Go to jail.
Go directly to jail.
Do not pass go.
Do not collect $200.
That's just one "Chance" card local youth turned up last Tuesday during the 15th annual Monopoly Tournament at the Alexandria Public Library.
Stephanie Stephens, the library's coordinator of activities for young adults, said some players, from grades 6-12, take the classic board game contest very seriously.
Northridge senior Tony Dellapina has played in the tournament the last five years.
He revealed his strategy is to "buy properties before anyone else gets to them."
"I like owning the railroad," Dellapina added. "If you own Boardwalk and Park Place, you just have to know how to use them."
Early in the tournament, he owned the B&O Railroad, Marvin Gardens, New York and Vermont avenues.
Northridge junior Genny Messer said she got involved in the Monopoly tournament about three years ago.
"My friends were playing in it," she said. "I thought it would be fun. I've won once. My strategy is being lucky and trying to outwit the other players."
Her initial investments on Tuesday evening included the Electric Company, Park Place and Connecticut Avenue.
Seventh-grader Jana Choberka brought a miniature "Lady and the Tramp" piece from home to represent her place on the game board.
"I like the yellow properties," she said. "I don't know why, but I always get all three."
The Northridge Middle School student made a deal with another player in the form of $45 monopoly dollars to buy a needed "get out of jail free" card.
Sixth-grader Kyle Lewis participated in his first Monopoly tournament last week.
"It's a lot of fun," he said. "You get to meet new people."
He didn't even mind playing the game with all girls.
In addition to the fun of the game, the top players won prizes including a $10 gas card, $10 Target Card, and $5 Subway and Wendy's gift cards.
There were three first-place winners: Kyle Lewis, Calvin Shaw and Jana Choberka.
Stephens said it's nice youngsters are still playing Monopoly, considering the popularity of today's electronic games.
The Alexandria Library hosts special youth programs about twice a month, according to Stephens.
"In October, we had the Pumpkin Olympics that included the Pumpkin toss and Pumpkin soccer," she said.
The library also hosts a monthly Teen Caf and Teen Movie Night.
The next Teen Caf will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 12. The movie "Twilight" will be the featured movie on Teen Movie Night beginning at 6:30 p.m. on March 21 at the library, 10 Maple Drive in Alexandria.