Monopoly board game players can now pay for properties with debit cards.
Game makers Parker have phased out the standard multi-coloured cash in a new version.
Players will instead use a Visa mock debit card to keep track of how much they win or lose.
It is inserted into an electronic machine where the banker taps in cardholders' earnings and payments.
Parker said replacing of cash with plastic showed the game was moving with the times.
Spokesman Chris Weatherhead said: "The new electronic Monopoly reflects the changing nature of society and the advancement of technology."
The new version follows a YouGov survey of 2,056 adults which showed 70% used cash less often than they did a decade ago.
It is part of an international deal between Parker and finance giant Visa, which designed the mock debit card and its electronic machine.
Monopoly Here and Now Electronic Banking costs around £24.99, compared to £12.99 for the standard "cash" version.
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I thought of this idea YEARS before technology was cheap enough to allow it, because I hated handling and counting the stacks of "Monopoly Money" -- besides, I thought, if I had a surplus of cash, and no properties were available, this would give me a way to generate additional revenue streams -- depositing the cash into a certificate of deposit at the "bank" and having the bank charge 26.99% interest, compounded per turn.
Hummmm.... Almost too realistic, eh?
In other weird news: According to a lawsuit filed in June in Minneapolis, the reason Minnesota Timberwolves basketball player Eddie Griffin drove his SUV into the plaintiffs' parked car was that, at the time, he was watching a pornographic video and masturbating. (Police cited Griffin only for inattentive driving.)