Betting 101: The Inside Word on … two-up

Updated: April 24, 2015


A true-blue Aussie tradition, the game of two-up is only legal on ANZAC Day. Brought to Australia as ‘pitch and toss’ by English and Irish immigrants, it was popular as far back as the gold rush days and became part of the ANZAC tradition when played by soldiers during WWI. As a result it’s become synonymous with April 25, during which pubs across the country will host games. And it couldn’t be much easier to play!

• Two coins are placed on a paddle (kip) by the ‘spinner’. You and fellow punters will need to surround them and commence bellowing things like “tennahead!” (i.e. I want to bet $10 on both coins landing heads up).

• Want to take that bet? Lock eyes and vigorously wave your $10 in the head-bettor’s direction, then give them your cash if they accept (heads holds the money).

• The boxer (referee) yells ‘come in spinner’, to cease betting then the coins are flicked in the air. They have to reach higher than the spinner’s head and fall within the circle to count as valid toss. If it’s heads, you lost. Tails? You won! One of each? The spinner keeps tossing till there’s a result.

• Celebrate/console yourself with a beer; repeat!


On behalf of The Inside Word team, we’d like to thanks the men and women of Australia for their service to our country over the past century as we mark this most special of days – the centenary of the WWI Gallipoli landings on April 25, 1915, marking the first active service of Australian servicemen and women. Lest We Forget.

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