By Harrison Moore via SWNS
A pair of teenagers say they are planning to become professional Rock, Paper, Scissors players - after practicing nearly every day for four years.
Matthew McVeigh, 16, and William Mutch, 16, began playing the game in year seven after choosing it as a topic for a class presentation.
They picked it as a joke but, when they researched it further, found the logic behind the game extremely interesting.
Now they play nearly every day, and have set up a league at their school.
They bet small amounts of money for sweets in intense tournaments, which usually stretch across lunch times and break times.
The best friends, who met at Thorp Academy, have six regulars who compete daily - but can get up to 25 players on a busy afternoon.
They believe they have mastered the strategy behind the game, insisting it is much more than just a game of luck.
The pair likened the game to poker, claiming bluffing your opponent is key in winning big.
Matthew, from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, England said: "It's all about working out your opponents' subconscious patterns and reading their behavior.
"For example if someone plays rock and wins they're then more likely to throw it again in the next three moves - and vice versa.
"We've been playing for so long now we know the ins and outs of the psychology behind it and we're always taking money off our mates.
"It's also a great way to socialize and have a good time.
"We want to build a bigger community of players and start a professional league outside of school with higher stakes.
"Then one day appear at the Rock, Paper, Scissors Junior World Championships and claim the title.
"That's the dream, but for now we have our GCSEs to focus on!"
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