When the spinner comes in

Retired Australian Army serviceman Adam Grant and Mildura RSL vice-president and Afghanistan war veteran Tyson Matheson will take a punt on two-up today. Picture: Louise Barker

Retired Australian Army serviceman Adam Grant and Mildura RSL vice-president and Afghanistan war veteran Tyson Matheson will take a punt on two-up today. Picture: Louise Barker

COME 1pm today the call of “come in spinner!” will ring out at Mildura RSL, as crowds gather for their yearly chance to take a punt on the pennies with a game of two-up.

The true blue game has become part of Anzac Day’s cultural legacy, legal in Victoria only on April 25 subject to application approval by RSL Victoria.

One of Australia’s oldest gambling games, two-up is believed to have originated in the 1800s and is thought to have enjoyed a huge boost during the gold rush.

RSL Victoria state secretary Michael Annett said the game had secured a place in our wartime legacy, thanks to the diggers of WWI.

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