Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club assistant manager Paul Murphy with pennies used to play two-up at the club on Anzac Day.
Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club assistant manager Paul Murphy with pennies used to play two-up at the club on Anzac Day. John Gass

Two-up given the nod

TWO-UP will return to Queensland pubs and clubs this Anzac Day after the State Government made the game legal for that one day of remembrance.

Many RSL clubs in Queensland already played the game - popular with Australian soldiers in the First World War - during Anzac Day while police turned a blind eye.

Legislation was passed through Queensland Parliament yesterday to ensure no one was prosecuted for playing two-up on Anzac Day.

Murwillumbah Services Club assistant manager Paul Murphy said two-up was legal in NSW and an important part of the Anzac Day celebrations.

"It's pretty popular; all the bars and clubs run it on Anzac Day," Mr Murphy said.

"A lot of the older diggers prefer it, but the younger ones and the Vietnam boys were getting into it."

A Currumbin RSL spokeswoman said the club ran events during Anzac Day and were planning the same this year.

The Queensland Government changed the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999 to allow for two-up games to be conducted on Anzac Day.

The change also allows for two-up on other mili- tary remembrance days throughout the year.

Two-up is gambling game where a "spinner" throws two coins into the air.

Players gamble on whether the coins will fall with both heads up, both tails up, or with one coin a head and one a tail.



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