Two-Up – it’s the traditional ANZAC Day game that is as Australian as Vegemite, the Hills Hoist and a koala all wrapped in one.
On ANZAC Day, 25 April, the Australian nation comes together. Whether it be at dawn, 11:00am or at some stage throughout the day, Aussies 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 also be able to join in with the proud pub staple game 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’. Thankfully, 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. Read on through our simple guide on how to play the Two-Up game on ANZAC Day!
First off, let’s go over the Two-Up 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 (you can use a small plank of wood or thin cheeseboard).
Spinner: the player who tosses the pennies (make sure you get this gig-it’s fun)
Sling: a tip given to the boxer
How to play the Two-Up game:
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 the “boxer“, the “spinner” tosses the coins up.
3. It’s the ringie’s job to ensure that the coins are tossed at least three metres into the air.
4. All coins need to fall within the crowd’s 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.
If you’re after a classic pub feed this ANZAC Day, be sure to check out our list of the 20 Best Beer Gardens around Australia of 2023. Or, crack open something guilt free with our selection of The 10 Best Non-Alcoholic Australian Made Beers.