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Paper, Scissors, Rock

Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) is a traditional playground game used to break stalemates and determine teams. This game, which is based mostly on luck, is not just for school kids, and now even has a world championships.

paper scissors rock gamekids playing a game of Paper, Scissors, Rock!


The 2005 RPS World Championships was again held in Toronto Canada, and involved 495 competitors from 27 U.S. States, Norway, Northern Ireland, Cayman Islands, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada. The winner received $7,000 canadian dollars, second place received $1,500 and third $500. It is no playground game anymore.


The players count together to 3 counts, most commonly either using the name of the game (e.g. Rock! Paper! Scissors! or Ro! Sham! Bo!) or simply numbers. At the end of the third count, the players simultaneously change their fists into any of three "objects", which they then "throw" by extending it towards their opponent. The three objects are 'paper', 'scissors' and 'rock'. The objective is to defeat the opponent by selecting a weapon which defeats their choice under the following rules:

In International competition, the weapon is thrown on the fourth count ("1 ... 2 ... 3 ... THROW"). This is called "International Style." In "American Style," the throw comes on the third count ("1 ... 2 ... THROW"). Typically, the game is played in a "best 2 out of 3" match.


Lists of winners of the World Championship since 2002. 2009 Seems like the last time the tournament was held.

Year Host City 1st 2nd 3rd



Peter Lovering (Canada)

Moe Asem (Canada))

Dave Ferris (Canada)



Rob Krueger (Canada)

Marc Rigaux (Canada)

Patrick Merry (Canada)



Lee Rammage (Canada)

Heather Birrell (Canada)

Chris Berggeren (USA)



Andrew Bergel (Canada)

Stan Long (USA)

Stewart Waldman (USA)



Bob "The Rock" Cooper (UK)

2007 Toronto Jamie "Landshark" Langridge (USA)    
2008 Toronto      

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