The game of rock-paper-scissors has made its way into the boardroom and become an international sport.

This year, for the first time, state and national championships are being held in Australia ahead of the World Championships in Toronto, Canada, in October.

A Japanese businessman recently struck a multi-million dollar deal using rock-paper-scissors (RPS).

Art collector Tashi Hashiyama could not decide between Sotheby’s or Christie’s to handle his $25 million collection so had them play RPS, with Christie’s the eventual winner.

Most people aren’t familiar with the term “throwing an avalanche” (three rocks in a row), but it’s safe to say there will be a fair few who become well-versed in its use following the RPS Australian Championships on the Gold Coast on August 28.

More than 1000 people have competed in state eliminations, vying for the chance to fight it out on a national level for the first prize – an all-expenses paid trip to Canada to compete for the world title and $10,000 in prizemoney.

Twenty-year-old Central Coast visual arts student Lauren Cassells will represent NSW at the national finals.
She said she usually used RPS to decide who was buying the next round.

“I’ve found the game isn’t just about luck, there can be strategy involved,” she said.

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