Canada's largest rock-paper-scissors event in Winnipeg

Handemonium is a rock, paper,scissors championship that takes place at the University of Manitoba and it’s all to raise funds for CancerCare Manitoba.
Handemonium is a Rock Paper Scissors tournament that raised money for Cancercare Manitoba. (Chris D.)
You have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Try to do something that will put them off balance- Andrew McIver

Andrew McIver grew up playing rock-paper- scissors. The son of former Blue Bomber Doug McIver says it was his family's default game they played when they needed to settle an argument.

McIver is participating in Handemonium, the largest rock-paper-scissors event in Canada. It's taking place at the University of Manitoba on Tuesday May 27 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. All funds raised will go to CancerCare Manitoba. 

Friend Jeff Wall is the event organizer for Handemonium. He lost his dad to colon cancer and came up with the idea to do something fun to raise money for cancer. 

McIver first realized he was good at the game when he was a student in Florida. He found himself competing in what turned out to be a national championship. He won some rounds and almost went on to Las Vegas to compete.

He says there are some diehards who take the game pretty seriously, both here in Canada and in the U.S. 

"If their rhythm is a bit slower, you sense that intuitively. If they are going fast you might slow them down. It’s about out-thinking the other person."

McIver realized that what came naturally to him was the same strategy the pros used.

"You have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Try to do something that will put them off balance. You have 3 choices: win, lose, tie. Eventually someone blinks." 

Though it's hard to predict who will win, one thing is for sure, everyone has fun at Handemonium.

Hear Andrew McIver on Information Radio with Marcy Markusa on Tuesday May 27 at 6 a.m. Handemonium takes place at the University of Manitoba University Centre from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.