How to play two up
Two Up – about as Australian as Vegemite, the Hills Hoist and a Koala all wrapped in one.
Tomorrow the nation will come together, whether it be at dawn, 11:00am or at some stage through the day, to remember those who have served or fallen whilst fighting for our country.
And no matter where you are, or how you decide to celebrate the historic ANZAC Day, thanks to this How-To guide you’ll be able to enjoy the proud pub staple of Two Up.
The classic Aussie game was created by troops during World War I – a spin off and, let’s be honest, a better version of the Brit’s ‘Pitch and Toss’.
For one day only, we get the chance to celebrate and legally play the true blue classic.
It can be a little daunting when you show up to the pub for a feed, drink and a game, only to realise you’re a little rusty on the rules.
But don’t fear, we’ve got you covered.
First off let’s go over the lingo:
Boxer: the game owner. This person runs the game and the betting. They do not bet.
Ringie: the supervisor in the ring.
Kip: the flat board used to throw the coins.
Spinner: the player who tosses the pennies.
Sling: a tip given to the boxer
Ok, so let’s play:
1. A “ringie” places two coins, tail side up, on a paddle (“kip”), while punters gather around the game and roar phrases like “tennahead!” (meaning $10 on both coins landing on heads, pretty easy huh?).
2. When the call “come in spinner” is made from box, the “spinner” tosses the coins up.
3. It’s the the ringie’s job to ensure that the coins are tossed at least 10 feet into the air.
4. All coins need to fall within the crowds circle. If one or more fall outside, the “ringie” declares the game void. The “spinner” then makes another turn.
5. During this time, bets on heads or tails are taken ringside in the direction of the head-better.
6. If both coins show the side you bet on, you win. The spinner continues to until two of the same side appear.
7. And that’s it! Whether you win or lose, it’s guaranteed you’ll have a great time.
Do remember to gamble responsibly and be a good sport- comradery is what the day is all about.