May 17, 2022

How to play two-up on Anzac Day

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Punters will be screaming it loud and clear on Monday April 25 as RSL clubs across the country host games of two-up in commemoration of ANZAC Day.

Taking place only on one of the most sacred days on the national calendar, it’s a game even the staunchest opponents of will happily oblige.

190425 Anzac Day commemorations Melbourne two-up Australians
Two-up is only legally allowed to be played on Anzac Day. (AAP)
Roars of "come in spinner" are being heard across the country today. (9NEWS)
Roars of “come in spinner” will be heard across the country on Monday. (9NEWS)

It’s illegal in Australia every day except Anzac Day, so Monday will be your only chance to be a part of the fun.

But before you walk into your local club and start money hand over fist, here is a guide to the game and how it’s played.

At its most basic level, the game involves one person tossing up two coins and people in the crowd on the outcome.

The kip (pictured) is used to toss coins. (9NEWS)
The kip (pictured) is used to toss coins. (9NEWS)

The outcomes are either two heads, two tails or “odds”, which is one of each.

Generally you can only bet on either heads or tails, and continue tossing up until you get a result.

Some venues will allow bets on odds.

The spinner will make a bet with someone in the crowd and then tosses the coins in the air, making sure they travel at least three metres in the air and land inside the ring.

The game is illegal every day expect Anzac Day. (9NEWS)
The game is illegal every day expect Anzac Day. (9NEWS)

Money is then exchanged depending on who won the bet.

Several bets are made among people in the crowd or “school” as it’s known, and the whole game is run by the “boxer” who stands in the middle but does not bet.

It’s the boxers job to ensure all bets are paid and people are playing fairly.

They also have discretion when it comes to weak tosses, so make sure to get those coins nice and high.

Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne is one of many locations participating in the two-up fun today. (9NEWS)
Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne is one of many locations that participates in two-up. (9NEWS)

The wooden paddle used to toss the coins is called the “kip”.

The coins are always pennies from before 1939.

In most clubs you will find people in $5, $10 and $20 sums but you may find eager punters willing to wager a $50.

But the most important thing to remember when you’re having a beer and tossing up the coins is the men and women who sacrificed their lives to make that moment possible.

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