The second annual Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament took place in Las Vegas recently. According to the New York Times, it was a big event. Bud Light was the sponsor, and ESPN was there.
It seems like the game should be just luck. Predictably, adherents disagree:
Some view the game as a matter of pure luck, but others, like [league founder] Mr. [Matti] Leshem, say there is a clear-cut strategy that involves learning to read an opponent, much as poker players do.
“It’s a sport that ... if you really want to get good at, you can.”
It would be interesting to check, if only the sport had a Retrosheet. There were no repeat winners in the last five years of the World Championship in Toronto; but the winner of an impromptu tournament a while ago was famed poker player Annie Duke.
I'm extremely skeptical. In any case, you can always give yourself an equal chance against even the most skilled opponent by choosing your play randomly.
Hat tip: Freakonomics blog.