"Two-up,Australia's historic gambling game." Australia Travelogue by tropicrd

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Two- up,Come in Spinner

Two up used to be an illegal gambling game that was played all over Australia.The game originated from a 'Pitch & form of gambling practice soon after settlement.
Much later,Australian soldiers in world war 1 and 2 played it extesively.
The game is simple.
Two pennies are tossed in the air at the same time,players bet on matching the combinations of either 2 heads or 2 tails.
Two-up is usually associated with Anzac day,the police used to turn a 'blind eye' when the 'diggers' played this on April 25th each year until it became legal at Tasmania's Wrest Point Casino (the first casino in Australia)
I remember my parents playing illegal Two-Up in the back lanes of Coburg and Brunswick,Victoria and how excited they would get when the pennies flew in the air.I like the concept of the game and also enjoy playing it every now and then.I have kept my kip and pennies so hope you enjoy reading about this game of chance that I consider an Aussie icon.

Players and the spinner

There are two lots of people playing this game,The spinner and the players:
The Spinner is chosen from the players who form a ring with an entry and the spinner begins from the left side of the gate and stands in the centre of the ring.A loud shout of 'Come in Spinner' from the Boxer to inform the Spinner to throw the pennies from the Kip into the air adds to the excitement.
The Spinners only aim is to spin 3 heads..If the spinner succeeds,he/she wins and is paid 7 and a half to 1 for his/her bet.
The spinner may continue to throw for another 3 heads and so on.
If,by throwing for 3 heads,and 3 tails or five consecutive odds are thrown then the Spinner loses and has to retire from the centre of the ring to make way for the next Spinner.
The players can bet on any of the combinations allowed.

Two-Up terms

Pit---Centre area of the ring/circle
Kip---Tool used for throwing the pennies(as shown in pic)
Heads--Both pennies showing heads when they land.
Tails--Both pennies showing tails when they land.
Odds--One penny showing heads and the other showing tails.
Stand Off --All bets frozen.
Kiss---when the pennies touch each other.
Come in Spinner--Term used by the boxer to tell the Spinner to throw the pennies.
Boxer--the dealer who sits in the centre area (like a referee)

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