In theory, there shouldn’t be any real way to improve one’s chances when playing Rock, Paper, Scissors. After all, it’s a game of chance, right?
Well, that’s only partially true. Sure, there’s nothing you can do to improve your odds if you’re playing Rock, Paper, Scissors against a computer, but if you’re playing against another human, you can increase your chances for victory by taking advantage of psychological patterns opposing players often demonstrate during a typical game.
As The New York Times once noted, “a truly random game of rock-paper-scissors would result in a statistical tie with each player winning, tying and losing one-third of the time. However, people are not truly random and thus can be studied and analyzed.”