If you see someone who always wins at Rock Paper Scissors, you might just consider them as being lucky. If that’s the case, then I think you might need to have a rethink. It goes beyond being lucky as there are known techniques that can guarantee a consistent winning streak. We will go into these techniques in this article.
Consistently winning at Rock Paper Scissors only requires reading through a bit of strategy and you will be ready to win every match. It is all about strategy.
If your opponent loses to you on the first throw, then it becomes easy to predict their next move due to the human tendency towards conditional responses. It is normal for everybody. The reason for this is because people are influenced by the choices they have previously made. If the previous choice did not work, it is always a natural tendency to try another choice.
One of the fundamentally known techniques to winning at Rock Paper Scissors is to pay attention to your opponent’s choices and your chances of emerging a winner automatically increase.
There is no sure way to guarantee that you will win throw one, so just keep it simple try throwing paper. Unless your opponent is also trained in the art of winning at Rock Paper Scissors, you should have a better chance of winning because people choose to throw Rock first more often than paper or scissors. If you have won the first wound, Great! You are on your way to Victory!
What did your opponent throw on the first hand?
Whatever it was, choose the next item in the rotation of Rock — Paper — Scissors. People typically move through these three choices in order and are also very unlikely to repeat their losing choice.
So, if your opponent chose paper, they will probably throw scissors next. So, you should choose rock. If they chose scissors, they would probably choose rock, so you should choose paper.
If you lost the first round, don’t panic. There’s still hope. When someone wins, they’re more likely to pick the same thing again because they feel that it was a good choice.
Remember this important rule about your opponent; if they won with scissors, you should pick rock to win the next throw, because chances are, and they will pick scissors again. Remember this rule, and you will your chances of winning is higher.
Follow these three rules for playing the game, and your chances of winning Rock, Paper, and Scissors will be high enough for you to take over the role as the “Lucky Friend” without anyone ever realizing how you did it. The first throw: Men tend to pick rock as their first throw, maybe because rocks are more of a stereotypically masculine symbol.
Women usually throw paper first. So if you’re playing against a man, you should throw paper first; if you are playing with a woman, throw scissors.
After the first loss: Once someone loses a round, they don’t throw the same thing they just threw immediately after. In fact, they often throw the thing that beat them. If someone lost by throwing a rock against paper, they would probably throw paper next. Knowing that can help you beat someone twice in a row.
A study from China’s Zhejiang University found another pattern in what people throw after a loss. The study found a triangle of moves that people throw in order:
If your opponent lost with a rock, they would likely choose paper next. If they lost with paper, they’ll choose scissors, and so on.
How to beat a winner: In general, people who win play the winning symbol again directly afterward, according to the Zhejiang University study. If your opponent just beat you with scissors, play rock against them next, because they will likely throw scissors again.
A fun trick: One way to throw people off is to announce what you’re about to throw before you throw it; and then follow through. Your opponent won’t trust you, and will be expecting you to throw anything other than what you announced.
Contrary to what you might think Rock Paper Scissors is not simply a game of luck or chance. While it is true that from a mathematical perspective the ‘optimum’ strategy is to play randomly, it still is not a winning strategy for two reasons. First, ‘optimum’ in this case means you should win, lose and draw an equal number of times (hardly a winning strategy over the long term).
Second, Humans, try as they might, are terrible at trying to be random, in fact often humans in trying to approximate randomness become quite predictable. Knowing that there is always something motivating your opponent’s actions, there are a couple of techniques and tricks that you can use to tip the balance in your favor.