Anzac Day 2024: Thousands of patriotic Aussies gather for dawn services as pubs prepare to open early for two-up

Two-up was played by Australian soldiers during the First World Warand has since become an Anzac Day tradition.

The game is illegal in locations across most of the country on most days, except Anzac Day – which falls on April 25 every year – but the exact rules depend on the state or territory you’re in.

Generally, a match manager, known as a ‘ring keeper’ or ‘ringie’, will select an individual as a ‘spinner’.

The spinner stands in the ring, a designated circle in the room where only the spinner is allowed. The spinner places two pennies on a wooden bat, also called a ‘chicken’.

Someone shouts ‘come in spinner’ and at that signal the spinner throws both coins in the air.

They must land within the boundaries of the ring.

Before the coins are tossed, the spinner or other gamblers will select an amount of money to bet on and find someone in the crowd who can match their bet, with one betting on both coins landing heads up and the other betting on both coins landing tails. upwards.

The spinner continues to throw the pennies until both land tails up or heads up.

The ringie will call the result.

The ringie’s decision is final and winner takes all.