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Published April 16th 2017
Enjoy this Anzac Day tradition around the Capital
Each Anzac Day, pubs, clubs and venues around Australia are legally allowed to gamble and bet on "Two Up", for one day only. This game was played in the trenches in World War 1 and is a game still enjoyed by Diggers (and the whole of Australia!) today. A "spinner" holds a paddle with two pennies on it and flips it up in the air, meanwhile participants bet on whether the coins will land face up with two heads (evens) or one head and one tails (odds). "Come in Spinner" can be heard when all bets have been placed and the coins are ready to toss. There is nothing more Australian than playing Two Up on Anzac Day around the country - with many venues in Canberra taking part. The following 12 venues will be hosting games after noon and will be calling out "Come in Spinner" this Anzac Day, 2017.
1/ The Kaleen Sports Club (north Canberra) and Eastlake Football Club (south Canberra) will be hosting Two Up from 1pm through to 5pm at both their Clubs. See here for details.
2/ Canberra Casino will be having Two Up games for nine hours, between 12pm - 9pm! This is the longest Two Up marathon in Canberra. See here for details.
3/ The Old Canberra Inn at Lyneham will be having Two Up in their beer garden, starting at 12pm. Donations on the day will go to Soldier On Australia. From 3pm there will be live bands withe Endry, Betty Slim and Zambezi Sounds Canberra. See here for details.
4/ The Ducks Nuts Bar & Grill in Dickson will be hosting Two Up from 12pm, with all fundraising going to Soldier On. See here for details.
5/ The Dickson Tradies will be hosting Two Up in their marquee between 12pm - 6pm. Game instructions and rules will be displayed on-site for beginners. They will also be having free return transport for the Dawn Service, a Digger's Breakfast and live music from 1pm. See here for details.
6/ Ainslie Football & Social Club will be hosting Two Up from 12pm and a trumpeter will be playing the Last Post at 1:30pm. Stay until 3:20pm and watch the annual Anzac Day AFL game, Essendon v Collingwood, on the big screen. See here for details.
7/ The Belconnen Labor Club will be having Two Up from 12pm, with all donations going to Legacy. Live NRL and AFL Anzac Day tests will also be shown on large screen TVs throughout the Club. See here for details.
8/ Gungahlin Lakes Golf & Community Club will be hosting Two Up from 12pm and a trumpeter will play The Last Post at 1pm. Stay around and watch the Anzac Day AFL Game on the big screen, starting at 3:20pm. See here for details.
9/ George Harcourt Inn at Gold Creek will be hosting Two Up from noon, around fire buckets in their outside beer garden. As well as this, there will be breakfast served at 7am with beer available. Throughout the day there will be a Spit Roast from 11am, an extra bar on the hill from 12pm and live music from 6pm. This English pub is a popular venue, get there early to enjoy the festivities. See here for details.
10/ Siren Bar and Restaurant in Gungahlin will be open at 7am for a $15 Gunfire Breakfast and will give a free shot of rum to any adult wearing medals. From noon there will be Two Up played, much to the delight of large crowds. See here for details.
11/ The Vikings Clubs will be hosting Two Up at their Erindale and Chisholm Clubs, between 12pm - 6pm. (There has been some confusion over locations, as they advertised it was going to be held at Town Centre - however it has been changed back to Erindale). See here for details. For up to date details on these events, see the Vikings Club Facebook. Not sure how big it will be? See here for a video of Erindale Vikings Two Up from 2016.
12/ The Royal Hotel in Bungendore is located 30 minutes east of Canberra, in NSW. This historical pub from the 1800s will be having Two Up between 1pm - 5pm, run by Rotary. See here for details.