How to win (most of the time) rock, paper, scissors

Nathan Campbell —  August 3, 2010

Here’s a handy infographic/tutorial for winning Rock, Paper Scissors against inexperienced or very experienced players.

“Males have a tendency to throw rock on their first try, inexperienced RPS players will subconsciously deliver the item that won previously, and paper is thrown least often, so use it as a surprise.”

Via FlowingData.

I prefer to throw a little psychology into the mix – I just tell the person, honestly, what I’m going to play. And then it becomes a question of trust. Then, sometimes I cheat. Because cheating is the best way to win.

Nathan Campbell


Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His Daughter. Coffee. And the Internet. He is currently a student at the Queensland Theological College and a mercenary PR Consultant.

2 responses to How to win (most of the time) rock, paper, scissors

  1. Now that you have told the world your srategy… what will you really do?

  2. Nathan Campbell August 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    It’s all mind games. What if I say I’ll stick with my strategy? What would you play first up against me?