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2017 Perudo World Champion is crowned

In the Perudo Championships, organised by Paul Lamond Games, Tom Scott, the founding Director of youth music charity, School Ground Sounds, claimed the trophy

The atmosphere was electric as the final six, half a dozen of the world’s finest Perudo players, took their places for the final game on Friday night to see who was to be crown World Perudo Champion of 2017. The final six had already seen off extremely tough competition from over 130 players who sought to take the coveted title and become the ultimate ‘Champion of the Dice’. The 28th playing of the World Perudo Championships took place at the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in London, which offered stunning views across the Thames but it was eyes down as the dice began to roll!

The Perudo Championships, organised by Paul Lamond Games, was a truly international and highly competitive affair. Players made their journey, not only from the far corners of the UK but also from around the globe, for their chance to be crowned the 2017 Perudo Champion. The prestigious event, overseen by Perudo inventor Cosmo Fry, saw the 130 players compete across three rounds with the 36 highest ranked players progressing to the semi-final stage. It was then all to play for as the final 36 battled it out for one of the six highly sought-after final table places.

It was Tom Scott, the founding Director of youth music charity, School Ground Sounds, who ultimately beat runner up Charles Mellor, to claim the traditional ‘Silver Perudo Cup and Dice’ trophy. The finalists used shrewd strategies in an attempt to outwit their fellow players but it was Tom who held his nerve and skillfully bluff his way to the coveted title. 'Before I began School Ground Sounds I was a Maths teacher. I've always had a knack for mental arithmetic from an early age - something that I'm sure helps with Perudo!' said Tom.

'I first played the game about 10 years ago whilst on holiday. Ever since that I've enjoyed playing it with family and friends. I come from a very competitive family where games are taken very seriously. Growing up with this certainly helped my chances! I'll be back at the World Championships next year to defend the title!' added Tom. Richard Wells, Managing Director of Paul Lamond Games believes the new format of the championship has been a huge success. 'The passion and enthusiasm for the game is just incredible, Perudo is now more popular than ever. Both the new venue and new format for this Championships, brought in to accommodate the volume of players, was exceptionally well received. It certainly was a top class evening with plenty of tension, excitement and of course fun!'

The liar dice game is extremely popular with celebrities across the globe. Stars of stage and screen to sporting legends and world-renowned entrepreneurs such as Stephen Fry, Siena Millar and Sir Richard Branson all have a passion for the game. Perudo is a version of liar dice which is part-luck and part-skill. Playing well requires an ability to deceive and also to detect your opponent's deception. There is no board, no setting-up, and no complicated rules... just an exciting game of guesswork, bluff and luck.

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