TWO-UP TIPS: Read this before you try your luck in the circle this ANZAC Day long weekend

With NSW temporarily lifting the ban on two-up for the full 2022 ANZAC Day long weekend, we thought it would be a good time to revisit our guide to playing.

Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, one thing’s for sure – you’ll need to pace yourself over the three days.

Before you walk in, to part with some hard-earned cash and try your luck in the circle, you should check out our top five tips for two-up.


  1. Have your notes ready in advance

There is no ‘change’ in two-up. Full stop. Period. End of story. If you’re rocking up to play, and play you shall, have your notes ready. Most people don’t want to set fire to their hard earned cash in a hurry so $5 and $10 notes work best.

  1. A bet is a bet

Once you lock eyes with your opponent, think of this as a contract. All bets are legitimately on and if you lose, pay up. Don’t be that guy or that person or that whatever. Honour the bet, just as you would expect that person to honour theirs if they lost.

  1. Waving 50s around makes you look like a wanker


  1. If it’s your first time, be patient grasshopper

If you haven’t played before take a red hot minute to watch how things unfold. It’s hectic, it’s full on, and sometimes a once in a lifetime experience (depending on how you play) so watch how things are done and slot in when you’re ready.

  1. Have fun

Two-up is a bloody awesome game, steeped in tradition and it’s all about winning and spending money, and most importantly, having a bloody good time with your mates. So dig in kids, have a beer, enjoy the sunshine, and part with those hard-earned (and definitely soggy) $5 notes, (after the dawn service of course).

This is an updated version of Laura Kebby’s original post from three years ago on Newcastle Live. You can check out the original by clicking here.