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How to play two on Anzac Day – and why some Australians are in on the game all weekend

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Thousands of punters flocked to pubs and clubs after strict rules for the popular two-person Anzac Day ritual were relaxed for the long weekend.

The game, famously played by Australian troops during World War I, is generally banned except on April 25 each year – except in the Outback town of Broken Hill – because it is classed as an unregulated game.

But NSW this year temporarily lifted the ban to allow two to be played legally in pubs, clubs and elsewhere for the entire three-day weekend of April 24-26.

The one-off initiative aims to give back to veterans who missed out on the Covid-19 pandemic in the biggest commemoration of Anzac Day since 2019.

The rule change passed bettors across the state over the weekend with several venues attracting an influx of customers willing to hedge their bets.

Scroll down for the full explanation of how the duo works

Prime Minister Scott Morrison joined the Darwin punters in a two-way match at the Cazalys Palmerston Club on Monday

The William Farrer Hotel in Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina region drew large crowds all weekend for two

The William Farrer Hotel in Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina region drew large crowds all weekend for two

Large crowds have already gathered at RSL venues on Monday for a final day of fun for two, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

New South Wales Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott said: ‘This year not only marks the first year since the withdrawal of the Australian Defense Force from Afghanistan, but it is also the first time, since 2019, that veterans will be able to reconnect with their friends to attend their annual reunions for free. restrictions.

“These Anzac Day events are vital to the well-being of our vets, and many of them have been very distressed by the missing or inhibiting commemorations over the past two years, so the NSW Government is returning their two days.”

Mr Elliott lifted the ban on two to entice veterans to return to commemorations.

“The game synonymous with diggers and veterans, with Anzac Day and Gallipoli,” he told 2GB earlier this month.

“Given we had no Anzac Day two years ago and heavy restrictions last year, I think we are giving those two days back to them.

“There is no excuse for our veterans not to make up for lost time. It’s a day for veterans.

Thousands of punters took part in the traditional two-way Anzac Day pastime

Thousands of punters took part in the traditional two-way Anzac Day pastime

The two-person celebrations are already underway on Monday at the Royal Richmond Hotel in Sydney's northwest

The two-person celebrations are already underway on Monday at the Royal Richmond Hotel in Sydney’s northwest

With no restrictions on where to sit, the CBD walk itself or travel, thousands of people filled Sydney’s Martin Place to capacity for the traditional dawn service, despite the rain.

There is also free public transport for veterans and their families on the last day of two weeks of free travel for Sydney commuters.

Veterans also have free entry to Royal Randwick and the traditional Anzac Day clash between Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons at the SCG.

Australian soldiers regularly played the coin toss betting game in trenches and on troop ships during the First World War, after it was originally played by immigrants and convicts in the gold fields of the 1850s.

The game involves a designated “spinner” who tosses two coins or pennies into the air while players bet on whether the coins will land on a coin toss.

The Courthouse Hotel in Tamworth also benefited from the temporary easing of the statewide ban on couples

The Courthouse Hotel in Tamworth also benefited from the temporary easing of the statewide ban on couples

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Thousands of punters and veterans take part in twice a year, a famous coin game played by Australian troops during World War I (pictured, Sydneysiders watching twice in 2021)

Veterans continued to play the game when they returned from the war until it was finally banned by the NSW government in 1981.

Other states followed suit several years later.

In Broken Hill, a mining town in the far west of New South Wales, the game can legally be played any day of the year – and the town hosts a game every Friday.

Large-scale commemorations of Anzac Day without any restrictions took place for the first time in three years, drawing massive crowds across the country.

Not even the rain could dampen packed dawn services at full capacity at Martin Place in Sydney and Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

More than 50,000 Melburnians gathered at the Shrine of Remembrance, the highest dawn service attendance since 2015.

This year sees the return of large-scale Anzac Day commemorations since 2019 following Covid-19 restrictions in recent years. It is also the first ceremony since Australia and the US-led coalition withdrew troops from Afghanistan.

Thousands of Sydneysiders lined the streets of the CBD for the traditional Anzac Day march

Thousands of Sydneysiders lined the streets of the CBD for the traditional Anzac Day march

Even rain couldn't keep the crowds away from Monday's Anzac Day dawn services, with Sydney's Martin Place packed to capacity

Even rain couldn’t keep the crowds away from Monday’s Anzac Day dawn services, with Sydney’s Martin Place packed to capacity

Commemorations were restricted to TV services only and no marches for the first time in over a century in 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid, where thousands of people paid their respects at home during the commemorations of the alley dawn.

Services and marches have returned with limited crowds in most parts of the country in 2021, with the exception of Perth and the surrounding region of Peel which were plunged into an instant lockdown triggered by a quarantine outbreak in the hotels.

This year marks the 107th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli in the First World War, a campaign that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 8,700 Australians.

Two-up explained: how to play

These rules may be used to govern two-player play, but are not mandatory.

The goalkeeper’s decision will be final.

The keeper must select a spinner by offering the kip clockwise around the ring and must hand the kip to the first person who accepts it

There must be two sets of sevens held by the keeper. The spinner must select two pennies from one of the sets, thrown inside the ring by the ringkeeper

Only two pennies should be used

A change of pennies will be at the discretion of the ringkeeper

The tail side of the pennies will be marked with a white cross

The spinner should place the pennies face up on the kip

The shooter must select two more subs from the remaining five in the set after throwing three consecutive pairs of heads. The ringkeeper must keep the two winning pennies and discard the balance of the set for the spinner to make the selection

The spinner cannot take a dividend until three consecutive heads are spun

In the event that the spinner throws tails, the spinner will forfeit the total monies in the center and the right to spin

The ringkeeper must declare a pirouette invalid by announcing “no pirouette” or “prohibited”.

Center funds must be settled in full before side bets can be made.

Only the spinner is allowed inside the confines of the ring during play

A spinner after throwing three consecutive pairs of heads can withdraw from the center

No one under the age of 18 will be permitted in the area of ​​the two-person premises where the game is taking place while the game is in progress and being played.

Improper conduct or offensive language will not be tolerated

The spinner must hand over to the ringkeeper the amount of money the spinner wishes to spin for, the ringkeeper must keep this money and the equivalent amount of a tail bettor to cover the bet

Source: Alcohol and Games NSW