The Caboolture RSL was the place to be this ANZAC Day. Large crowds of people celebrated the freedom ANZAC’s had given them by having a quiet drink, enjoying the entertainment, or playing the not-so-quiet game of Two Up.
MrMicrophone’s Scott Lachmund was the caller for the game, which was made legal in Queensland in 2012 when played during ANZAC Day in an RSL.
Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game, involving a designated 'Spinner' throwing two or three coins into the air. Players gamble on whether the coins will fall with both (obverse) heads up, both (reverse) tails up, or with one coin a head, and one a tail (known as 'Odds'). It is traditionally played on Anzac Day in pubs and clubs throughout Australia, in part to mark a shared experience with Diggers through the ages.
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. Decimal coins are generally considered to be too small and light and they don't 'fly' so well. The design of pennies that date pre 1939 had the sovereign's head on the obverse (front) and the reverse was totally covered in writing making the result very easy and quick to see. Pennies can often be observed being used at games on Anzac Day, as they are brought out specifically for this purpose each year.
The winners were grinners and the losers.., well, they seemed happy too.