Mabel Mott, Les Poyton, Wayne Trim and Michael Litchfield will be hitting the RSL for a game of Two-Up today.
Mabel Mott, Les Poyton, Wayne Trim and Michael Litchfield will be hitting the RSL for a game of Two-Up today. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Try your hand at two-up

IT was illegal yesterday and will be again tomorrow, but punters can today indulge in a little Aussie tradition known as two-up.

Anzac Day is the one day a year Queenslanders can place their bets on the coin-tossing game, which was popular with many Australian soldiers serving overseas.

Pennies and dollars will be flying around King's Theatre this afternoon, as Rose City residents try their hand at the game.

Lance Corporal Michael Litchfield has been organising the event for the past four years and he said it was a great way for people to connect with veterans.

"It adds another connection to the community," he said.

The game involves placing either two or three coins in a holder known as a kip, tossing the coins and hoping for two heads.

Three consecutive successful tosses allow the punter to collect winnings.

LCpl Litchfield handcrafted his own tool for the game and uses 1943 pennies he bought online.

"I actually made the kip myself because most of them are made for two coins but I prefer to use three," he said.

"That way you always get a result."

Those interested in having a punt can do so by heading to the King's Theatre between 3pm and 6pm.

"My advice is to watch and see how it works and if you need help, ask one of us in uniform. We'll be happy to assist," LCpl Litchfield said.

All of the money raised today will go toward compiling care packages for Australian soldiers serving overseas.

 

Time for two-up

  • The game was a popular pastime for serving soldiers.
  • Is legal in Queensland until midnight tonight.
  • Punters can place their bets and take part in the action at King's Theatre from 3pm-6pm today.

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