Two-up on Anzac Day

Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game, involving a designated "spinner" throwing two coins or pennies into the air. Players bet on whether the coins will fall with both heads (obverse) up, both tails (reverse) up, or with one coin a head and one a tail (known as "odds").

Explanation on who is who and what is what:

  • Spinner - The person who throws the coins up in the air. Each person in the group takes turns at being the spinner.
  • 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. One coin is placed heads up, the other tails up.
  • Heads - Both coins land with the "head" side facing up. (Probability 25% (approximately))
  • Tails - Both coins land with the "tails" side facing up. (Probability 25%)
  • Odding Out - To spin five "odds" in a row. (Probability 3.125%)
  • Odds or "One Them" - One coin lands with the "head" side up, and the other lands with the "tails" side up. (Probability 50%)
  • Come in Spinner - The call given by the boxer when all bets are placed and the coins are now ready to be tossed.

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