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Anzac Day Two Up

Anzac Day – Ready for a game of Two Up with your Mates

Wikipedia Says …..

Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game, involving a designated “spinner” throwing two coins or pennies into the air. Players bet on whether the coins will fall with both heads (obverse) up, both tails (reverse) up, or with one coin a head and one a tail (known as “odds”). It is traditionally played on Anzac Day in pubs and clubs throughout Australia, in part to mark a shared experience with Diggers through the ages.

A person is selected as the spinner (generally greeted to loud calls of “Come in spinner!” from the rest of the players). The spinner tosses the coins in the air using the kip until he wins or loses.

The basic format of the game:

  • Two heads means the spinner wins.
  • Two tails means the spinner loses.
  • Odds (“one them”) means the spinner throws again.

The spinner is required to place a bet before his first throw that must be covered (equalled) by another player. If the spinner wins he keeps the bet and cover, otherwise it goes to the player who covered the bet. The boxer takes a commission out of this bet.[4]

The other members of the group place side bets (bets against each other) on whether the spinner will win or lose and the result of the next throw.

Australian soldiers playing two-up during World War I at the front near Ypres, 23 December 1917, Australian War Memorial Museum

Anzac Day Two Up

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