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Might the Smoking Ban in England Drive Bingo Players Online?

A lot has been talked in the press just a while ago concerning the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the cigarette ban in the United Kingdom. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. However does the web version of this quintessential game provide a reprieve, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar peer?

Bingo has been an ancient game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game of late had experienced a recent increase in acceptance with younger members of society opting to hit the bingo parlors rather than the discos on a Friday night. All this is about to be destroyed with the legislating of the anti smoking law all over Britain.

No longer will players be allowed to puff on cigarettes while dabbing numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public places will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored places where players enjoy smoking.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plunged and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Surely they haven’t forgotten this familiar game?

The answer is on the internet. Players realize that they can participate in bingo from their computer while enjoying a drink and cigarette and in the end, enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the web could never replace the collective portion of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of men and women the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo players with no option.

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