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LISTEN: Where you can play two-up in Gladstone on ANZAC day

"When our soldiers went to war they signed a blank cheque with their lives and there were no guarantees they were coming home."

Returned serviceman Ian Hartley said that was the ANZAC experience that brought about the gambling game of two-up.

The spirit of the ANZACs will come alive today when Gladstone residents throw their bets into the two-up ring at the Gladstone RSL Bowls and Citizens Club.

Mr Hartley, the club's secretary, said it will be just one of two venues hosting two-up matches around Gladstone today.

LISTEN: Veteran Ian Hartley two-up is about "about banter between friends or foes"

At the Rocky Glen Hotel most of the proceeds from the two-up games will go to Gladstone Legacy, Veterans Welfare and the RSL War Widows.

But Mr Hartley said the "old fashioned" two-up with the biggest ring will be at the RSL, with the "haggling, the banter, the stirring, the yelling, everyone cheering and getting into the spirit it of it, which is what the ANZAC's did".

"So two up is not necessarily about the gambling side -- it's about chances and luck," he added.

"We bring the Anzac spirit into the game. We treat it a bit like the soldiers would've on the field. You're bored, something to do, game of two up.

"It doesn't matter whether you're playing for smokes, whether you're playing for your beer issue, or if you've got two bob in your pocket.

"That's what it was about. It's not about playing for maximum dollars.

"It about banter between friends or foes."

He said he's betting on "a bit of stirring, a bit of eyeballing, a bit of bad luck wished upon peal, but that what we bring to the game over here, as oppose to the commercial side of it".

Mr Hartley said time at war has given him the "passion" for upholding the ANZAC tradition, which is important to supporting returned servicemen.

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He said the WWI and WWII veterans "held it together" for the Vietnam Veterans and now the responsibility is finally being passed on to the First Gulf War veterans. 

With the Afghanistan War sinking into history, but our veterans memories still close, Mr Hartley said the ANZAC spirit -- seen in its rawest form around the two-up ring -- is more important than ever.

"We're trying to keep hold of the baton and keep moving forward to support each other," he said.



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