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【6 min. read】Common strategies for winning "Rock, Paper, Scissors"

Zoe Chou 
1 PM May 7, 2014

剪刀石頭布是個簡單的遊戲,但我們常用它來解決很想贏的事。光靠搓手是不會帶來好運氣的,看看一些策略吧!

1. Watch your opponent play others. 

Often, they will lean towards one of the choices (for example, rock). If you have a chance to watch them play before they play you, look for an overall pattern. 

2. Know rookie tendencies.

  • Rookie males tend to lead with rock. If you're playing a spontaneous game against a male rookie, there's an increased chance that his opening throw will be rock, so you'll want to go with paper.

  • If you're playing a female rookie, however, keep in mind that competitive player Jason Simmons claims that women tend to start with scissors, so go with rock. 

3. Play scissors or paper against an experienced player. 

A non-rookie may know that throwing an initial rock is too predictable, because of the tendency for male rookies to do this. They'll probably use scissors or paper. Therefore, you should start off with scissors, as it'll beat their paper or at least tie with their scissors. If your opponent is an experienced woman, she may be familiar with the "scissors" stereotype and will likely throw either rock or paper--your best bet is paper. 

4. Look for a double run. 

If someone makes the same throw twice, they will not want to make that same throw the third time, because they don't want to seem predictable. You can use this information to your advantage. For instance, if someone throws paper twice, they'll probably throw either rock or scissors on their third gesture; use rock so that you can either win or draw. 

5. Beat your last move. 

This only works if you have just won; inexperienced or frustrated players tend to subconsciously throw the move that just beat them, so you should throw a gesture that will beat your own last move. For example, if you just won with rock against their scissors, they might throw rock next, so you should be prepared with paper. 

6. Use probability to your advantage. 

In competition play, it's been statistically observed that scissors is the least common gesture. If you're at a loss for what to throw, using paper will give you a slight advantage, as it's slightly less probable that your opponent will use scissors. 

7. Keep your eyes on your opponent's hand just as the gesture is being thrown.

Watch what shape they are forming their hand into. If you see them extending into the paper gesture, for instance, you may have a split second within the count to react accordingly with scissors. But, be careful when trying to see what your opponent is doing because it could lead to slow throwing, which is illegal in competitive play. 

8. Study your opponent. 

Watch how your opponent plays with other people. See which option they throw most and the pattern they usually throw in.

  • Before your opponent throws, look at their hands. If all fingers are tense, it's likely that they will play rock. If they are all lose, you can guess paper, and if only the top 2 are lose, it's a fair bet that they'll play scissors. 


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