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How to Play Two-Up on ANZAC Day: A Simple Guide

Two Up Kip. Image by Pot of Grass Productions via Shutterstock

Two-Up – about 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 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 also be able to join in with 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 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

Two Up Game. Image by Krishnadas via Shutterstock.

Two Up Game. Image by Krishnadas via Shutterstock.

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 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.

Do you want to make a toast to the ANZACs but you’re running low on drinks? Craft Cartel is the best nation-wide home delivery liquor service here to help. Want other ways to celebrate the day? Make sure to check out our choice of the 9 best Australian pubs to visit for lunch, or if you’re staying in, why not try our recipe for a traditional Anzac biscuit?

Feature Image by Pot of Grass Productions via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on April 24 2018. Images were updated on March 17 2021.