2018 Gambling Olympics: Betting $1,000 on One Rock-Paper-Scissors Throw


Matthew Freedman. Brandon Adams (left) and Jonathan Bales (right)

The Highlights

  • The buy-in for the Gambling Olympics was $2,500, but that hasn’t stopped some of the contestants from wagering some big bucks on side bets.
  • The latest example? Jonathan Bales and Brandon Adams squared off in a one-throw Rock-Paper-Scissors battle for a cool $1,000.
  • Bales took home the cash, only inflating his ego when it comes to R-P-S.

On last week’s episode of The Buffet podcast, Jonathan Bales threw down the gauntlet: He’d side bet anyone at the Gambling Olympics “$25K or $50K” on a best-of-101 Rock-Paper-Scissors competition.

He added, “That’s actually an offer if anyone wants it.”


We haven’t quite gotten to $25K or $50K yet, but on the first official day of the Gambling Olympics, Bales and Brandon Adams, a professional poker and DFS player, wagered $1,000 on single throw of Rock-Paper-Scissors.

Watch the drama unfold for yourself:

Adams justified taking Bales on in his signature event, saying it was all an effort to put Bales on tilt.

Bales backed up his bravado in this instance, but he did not win the Rock-Paper-Scissors competition in the main event.

That distinction went to 2017 WSOP Main Event Champion Scott Blumstein, who took down The Action Network’s own Justin Phan.

Bales finished sixth, but something tells me the $1,000 won against Adams made him quickly forget about his lackluster showing.

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