Hard as a rock… paper scissors! Meet the rock paper scissors champion who won by accident

A young man who entered a rock paper scissors competition as a joke has walked away the UK champion after outsmarting 127 competitors.

Dan Tinkler, 22, from Leicester, has been crowned the UK Rock Paper Scissors champion after entering the national competition as a laugh.

Dan, who works at De Montfort University Students’ Union, sailed through each of the seven rounds of the London based competition, by choosing the winning gesture for the hand popular game.

He walked away the UK champion after outsmarting 127 competitors.

He walked away the UK champion after outsmarting 127 competitors.

Dan said: “My friends and I entered the competition for a bit of fun. I went along and thought it would be a laugh – I did not expect to get through the first round.

“Somehow I managed to end up walking away with a trophy.”

Dan came up against different tactics from his competitors, including people psyching each other out, but laidback Dan just took it all as a bit of fun, and ended up winning.

Dan said: “I don’t know how I did it. It is a funny achievement. There was a great atmosphere and it was a fun event to go to.”

He said: "I went along and thought it would be a laugh - I did not expect to get through the first round."

He said: “I went along and thought it would be a laugh – I did not expect to get through the first round.”

Dan said as he got further through the competition he became nervous, but despite this managed to beat the defending champion in the quarter final and then went on to win with scissors shredding paper.

“In the final I went 2-0 down then won 3-2”.

“When I showed the winning scissors, everyone was watching and cheering.

“It is surreal, it is silly. It will be a great thing to tell people in years to come.”

Dan Tinkler, 22, entered the competition as a laugh

Dan Tinkler, 22, entered the competition as a laugh

In the run up to the competition, Dan actually lost all of his games.

He said: “We played a couple of games at home and I lost both. I played against a colleague the day before and lost.”

Dan is now planning to take part in next year’s competition to defend his title.

Dan Tinkler, 22, entered the competition as a laugh

Dan Tinkler, 22, entered the competition as a laugh

Dan’s friend Ian Thursfield, said: “I didn’t expect Dan to win. Out of the five of us it was only me and him that got past the second round.

“It is a game of pure luck but Dan did really well”.