Today you are celebrating Anzac Day on 25th April 2018 and this question is well asked as what game is played on Anzac Day Australia. The answer is Two Up game. This Two-up is a fast paced, coin based, fun game only legal on Anzac Day. It’s played in bars, pubs, clubs, hotels and the RSL (Returned and Services League) as well as various other places in and around Australia.
While two-up has become synonymous with Anzac Day, its origins go back to the earliest days of the settlement of Sydney. The game has spawned many terms, including “Come in, spinner”, and was enthusiastically played by Australian soldiers during World War I. Since that time two-up has become identified with Australian war veterans and Anzac Day. The game is based on gambling on whether two pennies thrown in the air come down with their heads or tails facing upwards.
Where to play Two Up this Anzac Day?
Here are the various places where you can play Two Ups on Anzac Day.
Two Ups at Central Coast Australia
- Gosford RSL Club, 26 Central Coast Hwy, from 1pm in the auditorium.
- Hardys Bay, 14 Health Rd, 1pm to 4pm on the deck.
- Ourimbah Lisarow RSL Club, 6/20 Pacific Hwy, Ourimbah, from 11am.
- Wyong RSL Club, 15 Margaret St, from 11am in the function room (member only).
Two Ups at City Australia
- The Argyle, 18 Argyle St, The Rocks, from 1 to 3pm
- Australian Heritage Hotel, 100 Cumberland St, The Rocks, from noon.
- The Dolphin Hotel, 412 Crown St, Surry Hills, from noon.
- Endeavour Tap Rooms, 39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks, from 11am.
- Fortunes of War and The Push, 137 George St, The Rocks.
- The Glenmore, 96 Cumberland St, the Rocks, from noon.
- Terminus Hotel, 61 Harris St, Pyrmont, from noon.
Two Ups at East and South East Australia
- Bondi Beach Hotel, 178 Campbell Parade, from 10am.
- Bondi Beach Public Bar, 203/180 Campbell Parade, from noon.
- Coach and Horses Hotel, 147 Avoca St, Randwick, from 1pm.
- Coogee Diggers, Corner of Byron and Carr streets, Coogee, 2pm to 6pm.
- Coogee Bay Hotel, 253 Coogee Bay Rd, in Selina’s from noon until at least 5pm.
- Coogee Pavilion, 169, Dolphin St, noon.
- East Village Hotel, 234 Palmer St, Darlinghurst, from noon until dusk.
- Sir Joseph Banks Hotel, 1354 Botany Rd, Botany, from 12pm.
- Juniors Kingsford, 558A Anzac Parade, Kingsford, from 1pm to 5pm.
- Newmarket Hotel, 889 Botany St, Mascot, from noon to dusk.
- North Bondi RSL, 118-120 Ramsgate Avenue, 1pm to 6pm.
- The Paddo RSL, 22-232 Oxford St, Paddington, from 2pm to 5pm.
- Randwick Racecourse, Alison Rd, from 12pm to 3pm.
- The Regent Hotel, 416-418 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, from noon until sundown.
- Royal Hotel, 237 Glenmore Rd, Paddington.
- Royal Hotel, 2 Perouse Rd, Randwick, from noon.
- The Village Inn, 9-11 Glenmore Rd, Paddington, from 11am.
- Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, 1 Military Rd, from noon.
- The Woollahra Hotel, 116 Queen St, Woollahra, from 10am.
Two Ups at Inner West Australia
- Club Burwood RSL, 97 Burwood Rd, from 2pm to 5pm. All money donated to Juvenile
- Diabetes Research Foundation
- Bald Rock Hotel, 12 Mansfield St, Rozelle, from 1pm in the front bar.
- Balmain Bowling Club, 156 Darling St, from 12.30pm.
- Concord RSL Club, Nirranda St, from noon.
- Courthouse Hotel, 202 Australia St, Newtown, from 11am.
- Dick’s Hotel, 89 Beattie St, Balmain, from noon.
- Drummoyne RSL, 162-166 Victoria Rd, from 1pm in the Mirrors room.
- East Village Hotel, 82 Darling St, Balmain, from 1pm.
- Erskineville Hotel, 102 Erskinville Rd, from noon.
- Public House, 292 Stanmore Rd, Petersham, from noon.
- Queens Hotel, 167 Enmore Rd, Enmore, from noon.
- Royal Hotel, 156 Norton St, Leichhardt, from 1 pm-6pm.
- The Sackville, 599 Darling St, Rozelle, from noon.
- The Vic on the Park, 2 Addison Rd, Marrickville, from noon.
Two Ups at Macarthur Australia
- The Bradbury, 96 The Parkway, Bradbury, from 1pm.
- Ingleburn RSL Club, 70 Chester Rd, Ingleburn, from 7am.
- Campbelltown RSL Club, 1 Carberry Lane, Campbelltown, from 10am.
- Camden RSL Club, 23 Cawdor Rd, Camden, from 1.30pm.
- George IV Inn, 180 Argyle St, Picton, from 1pm.
- Bargo Sports Club, 3580 Remembrance Drive, Bargo, from 2pm to 5pm.
- The Oaks Hotel, 36 John St, The Oaks, from noon.
- Gregory Hills Hotel, Central Hills Drive, Gregory Hills, from noon.
- Narellan Hotel, 279 Camden Valley Way, Narellan, from 11am.
- Royal Hotel, 39 Argyle St, Camden, noon until 4pm.
Two Ups at Northern Beaches Australia
- Avalon Beach RSL Club, 1 Bowling Green Lane, from noon.
- Balgowlah RSL Club, 30-38 Ethel St, Seaforth, from 2pm.
- Brookvale Hotel, 511-513 Pittwater Rd, from noon.
- Dee Why RSL Club, 932, Pittwater Rd, from noon.
- Forestville RSL Club, 22 Melwood Avenue, from 2pm.
- Hotel Steyne, 75 The Corso, Manly, from noon.
- Manly Bowling Club, 56, Laurence St, from 12pm.
- Harbord Beach Hotel 29 Moore Rd, Freshwater, from noon.
- Harbord Bowling Club, corner of Bennet St and Stirgess Avenue, Curl Curl on the greens from 1pm-6pm.
- Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club, corner of East Esplanade and Stuart St, from 1pm.
- Manly Wharf Hotel, East Esplanade, from 1pm.
- Master Builders’ Club, 18-20 Fisher Rd, Dee Why from 2pm.
- Narrabeen RSL Club, 116 Narren parade, North Narrabeen, from 1pm.
- Narrabeen Sands Hotel, 1260 Pittwater Rd, from noon.
- The Newport, 2 Kalinya St, from 2pm.
- North Manly Bowling Club, 431 Pittwater Rd, from 2pm.
- Club Palm Beach, 1087 Barrenjoey Rd, from 3pm.
- Pittwater RSL Club, 82 Mona Vale Rd, Mona Vale, from noon.
- Terrey Hills Tavern, 2 Aumuna Rd, from 1pm.
- Time and Tide Hotel, 30 Campbell Avenue, Dee Why from noon.
Two Ups at North Shore Australia
- Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Avenue, from 2pm to 6pm.
- Crows Nest Hotel, 1 Willoughby Rd, from noon in the Terrace BBQ.
- Great Northern Hotel, 522 Pacific Hwy, Chatswood, from noon running all day.
- Green Gate Hotel, 655A Pacific Hwy, Killara, 11am until 6pm.
- Hornsby RSL Club, 4 High St, from 2pm in the Showroom.
- Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Crescent, Lavender Bay, from 2pm to 5pm in the Grand Ballroom.
- The Longueville Sporting Club, corner of Kenneth St and River Rd,
- Mosman Club, 719 Military Rd, from 2pm.
- Neutral Bay Club, 3 Westleigh St, from 2pm.
- Rag and Famish Hotel, 199 Miller St, North Sydney, from noon.
Two Ups at North West Australia
- Bella Vista Hotel, 13-15 Lexington Drive, from noon.
- Castle Hill RSL Club, 77 Castle St, from noon in the Lyceum.
- Castle Hill Tavern, 25 Victoria Avenue, from noon.
- Ettamogah Hotel, corner of Merriville and Windsor roads, Kellyville Ridge, from noon.
- The Fiddler, corner of Commercial and Windsor roads, Rouse Hill, from 10am.
- The Hills Club, 2 Jenner St, Baulkham Hills, from 9.30am to noon and 2pm to 4pm.
- Hillside Hotel, 273 Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill, from noon in the courtyard.
Two Ups at South West Australia
- Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, 20-26 Canterbury Rd, Hurlstone Park, from noon in the main bar.
- Kingsgrove RSL Club, 8 Brocklehurst Lane, from noon.
- Revesby Workers’ Club, 2B Brett St, from 12.30pm to 6pm in the Whitlam Theatre.
- The Mill Hotel, Milperra, 189 Beaconsfield St, from 1pm.
- Collingwood Hotel, 321 Hume Hwy, Liverpool, from noon.
- Moorebank Sports Club, 230 Heathcote Rd, Hammondville, from noon.
- Crossroads Hotel, corner of Hume Hwy and Camden Valley Way, Casula, from noon.
- The Warwick, 355 Hume Hwy, Warwick Farm, from noon.
- Fairfield RSL, 14 Anzac Avenue, about 8am.
- Cabra-Vale Diggers, 1 Bartley St, Canley Vale, from 9am.
- Smithfield RSL, corner Cumberland Hwy and Neville St, from 10am.
Two Ups at West Australia
- Albion Hotel, 135 George St, Parramatta, from 1pm.
- Blacktown RSL, no two up due to renovations.
- Blue Cattle Dog Hotel, 429 Mamre Rd, St Clair, from noon.
- Emu Sports Club, 1 Leonay Parade, Leonay, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
- Guildford Leagues Club, McCredie Park, Tamplin Rd, Guildford, from 2pm to 5pm in the ballroom.
- Jamison Hotel, 186 Smith St, Penrith, from noon.
- Lapstone Hotel, 15 Great Western Hwy, Blaxland, from 1pm.
- Merrylands RSL Club, 14 Military Rd, from 11am to 2pm.
- O’Donoghues Irish Pub, 99 Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains, from noon to 5pm.
- Parramatta RSL, corner of O’Connell and Macquarie streets, from 1pm.
- Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St, from 1pm to 4.30pm in the Castle Lounge.
- Panthers Glenbrook, Hare St, Glenbrook, from noon on the Terrace.
- Rooty Hill RSL, 55 Sherbrooke St, from noon to 4pm.
- Marys Band Club, Great Western Hwy, from 12.30pm to 6pm.
- Marys RSL Club, Hall St, from 7am-to 10am.
- Village Hotel, 77 Mt Druitt Hotel, Mt Druitt, from noon to 6pm.
- Workers Hubertus Country Club, 205 Adams Rd, Luddenham, from noon to 2pm.
- Workers Sports, 170 Reservoir Road, Blacktown, from noon to 4pm.
How to play Two Ups Game?
You can play this game at any of the venues in Australia as mentioned above. Note this game is legal to play only for Anzac Day which means you have only 24 hours to play this game.
There’s a square on the floor marked by tape which all the players are standing around. Within the square there are two referees standing to oversee all transactions, and a player who has the honor to throw the coins.
The game involves two coins, both of which are placed on a flat paddle with two coin-sized dents, otherwise known as a “kip”.
Players bet on whether the coins will land both heads up, both tails up, or one of each – which is called odds.
The public bet against each other for different outcomes, which is basically how you gamble.
Players scream out what they think it will be and how much they’re willing to bet on it, if someone wants to take your bet, they come up to you and hand over the cash. The person who calls ‘heads’ will keep the money, to ensure that everyone knows who called what.
This whole thing makes sure that everyone is yelling their bets and walking around accepting bets, it’s like you’re dropped into a cage full of hysterical chickens. The first thing you’ll see is some people strangely waving they’re money on their heads (means they’re calling ‘heads’) or waving their money on their rear end (means they’re calling ‘tails’), this is a hilarious sight.
When everyone has placed their bets, the person handling the coins will throw them in the air and during all this you hear people screaming “head ’em up”, while their rivals keep yelling “tail ’em up”. Once the coins have landed, there’s a moment of silence because everyone is focused on the result, this will all be followed by loud cheers of the winners and the chaos of people walking around collecting, or handing over the money.
You can apply some basic math and strategy in two-up, but remember to be sensible and play wisely as it’s all fun and games until you’re down $500 and your fare home.
Also note that different venues might vary the rules a little bit, so make sure you know the them before you enter in this contest game.