After the Dawn and Mid-morning services conclude on ANZAC Day, many people start to ask themselves where can I go to play the traditional ANZAC game of two up?

At Currumbin RSL the excitement of the game of two up starts as the doors open at 1:00pm on 25 April.

Two-up at Currumbin RSL has a tradition of its own with our Currumbin RSL Fishing Club hosting the massively popular event and this year is anticipated to be just as popular!

If you are wondering how to play two-up: here is a guide

Players bet on whether the coins will fall with both heads up, both tails up, or with one coin a head and one a tail (known as “Ewan”).

The game is traditionally played with pennies,  their weight, size, and surface design make them ideal for the game. Weight and size make them stable on the “kip” and easy to spin in the air.

Two up terms you may hear:

School – The collective noun for a group of gamblers playing Two-up.

Ring  – The area designated for the spinner to spin the coins. The Spinner must stand in the ring to spin, and the coins must land and come to rest within the ring.

School – The collective noun for a group of gamblers playing Two-up.

Spinner – The person who throws the coins up in the air. The opportunity to be the spinner is offered in turn to gamblers in the school.

Boxer – Person who manages the game and the betting, and doesn’t participate in betting.

Ringkeeper (Ringy) – Person who looks after the coins after each toss (to avoid loss or interference).

Kip – A small piece of wood on which the coins are placed before being tossed. Both coins are placed tails (white cross) up.

Heads – Both coins land with the “head” side facing up.

Tails – Both coins land with the “tails” side facing up

Odding Out – To spin five “odds” in a row

Odds or “One Them” – One coin lands with the “head” side up, and the other lands with the “tails” side up.

Come in Spinner – The call given by the boxer when all bets are placed and the coins are now ready to be tossed.

Barred” – The call when an illegal spin has occurred – the coins were not thrown higher than the head, or did not rotate in the air.

Cockatoo – Only used in the 1800s to late 1930s, due to legalisation of two-up on Anzac Day. It was the nickname of the look-out who warned players of incoming police raids.


– There is the same likelihood of ten heads in a row as there is of H, T, H, T, H, T, H, T, H, T – about one in 1000.

– The chance of winning five hands in a row at the pub is 3.125%. For eight it’s 0.39%, 10 – 0.1% and 20 – 0.0001%.

– The chance of five splits in a row is 3.125%

– The odds of having exactly 500 heads and 500 tails (exempting splits) after 1000 throws are one in 40.

– Three heads or three tails – one in eight.

– Four alternating heads and tails – one in eight