Monday, May 14, 2007

Rock, Paper, Scissors Your Way to Fame and Fortune

This last weekend in Las Vegas, 300 finalists met to do "Rock, Paper, Scissors" battle in the hopes of walking away with $50,000. May 11 - 13th marked the 2nd annual USARPS Tournament Finals in Las Vegas.

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The league was founded 16 months ago by Matti Leshem, a 44-year-old Hollywood producer, if you consider the Executive Producer on "Pepsi: Play for a Billion" and Paula Abdul: Cardio Cheer a Hollywood producer. Though if you want to challenge Matti to a private match, it's a minimum of $100 a round. People who keep track of these things know that Phil Gordon, who is a USARPS member, hosts the World Series of Rock-Paper-Scissors each year at the World Series of Poker.

As of this writing, the results of the 2007 USARPS Tournament have not been released. Much like the World Series of Poker, any official word will have to wait until after this summer's broadcast on ESPN. Let's hope it is as exciting as last year's titanic bout where Dave "The Drill" McGill defeated his opponent in dominant fashion. (You can watch the bout at the USARPS website on the bottom of the page.)

Who knew when Bud Light ran the RPS commercial during the Super Bowl they were advertising an event they actually sponsor. Unlike in the commercial, "The Drill" won his $50,000 with a triple-paper call.

You might be able to get the results early if you subscribe to Obscure Sports Quarterly or watch ESPN 8 "The Ocho," but there isn't much chance of that.

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