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It’s Easter weekend here in Australia which can only mean one thing… Gambling! Eh, sacred is in the eye of the beholder.

It’s two up day betches, and I’m going to make some money.


Spinner: The person who throws the coins up in the air.
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%)
Tails:  Both coins land with the ‘tails’ side facing up. (Probability 25%)
Odding Out: To spin five “One Head – One Tail” in a row.
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.
Cockatoo: Only used in the 1800s to late 1930s (Due to legalisation of Two-Up on ANZAC Day), it was the nickname of the look-out who warned players of incoming police raids.

…I don’t know about all of that.

To me it just seems like a lot of intoxicated people jammed into a circle screaming things with fistfuls of money in the air while someone flings coins in the air. I have no idea how anyone keeps track of anything. It’s wonderful.



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