Elske Verwiel, of Holland, spins the coins.
Elske Verwiel, of Holland, spins the coins. Rodney Stevens

Two-up spins those magic coins

CRIES of “come in spinner”, “heads” and “tails” echoed through licensed premises across the Valley yesterday afternoon as thousands of punters tried their luck at the traditional Anzac Day game of two-up.

At Yamba Bowling Club the crowd swelled to more than 250 after the first hour, with local David Smith Snr's hot tip being tails.

Mr Smith said playing two-up had been an Anzac Day ritual for him for many years.

“Last year we took $800 out of the ring,” he said.

But when the Daily Examiner caught up with Mr Smith between bets yesterday, he wasn't fairing as well.

“I'm a little bit behind at the moment, but I hope to finish in front,” he said.

As “ringkeeper” Steve Seymour called for bets on heads or tails, hundreds of dollars changed hands each spin.

“We have got five on tails over here, 10 on heads, 20 on tails, 50 on heads,” was his regular cry from inside the ring.

Local legend Fox Laurie said he played two-up every year.

“It's a fun day out,” he said.

“Everyone likes to enjoy themselves and let their hair down after the march.”

As calls of heads and tails came from the punters waving money in the air, backpacker Elske Verwiel, from Holland, stepped up to be the next spinner.

Ms Verwiel said she learnt a lot about Australian history and culture yesterday.

“We went to the service this morning at the Cenotaph and then came down to play two-up,” she said.

“Before this morning I knew nothing about the game but it was fun. I didn't think it would be that easy.”

Fellow backpacker Oscar Tranberg, from Sweden, stood back studying the game before he started betting: “I will bet later. I am going to feel the atmosphere a bit first.”



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