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Could the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Drive Bingo Enthusiasts Online?

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A lot has been reported in the papers recently about the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the smoking ban in the UK. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. However can the online version of this classic game provide a lifeline, or might it never compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo has been an enduring game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game lately had undergone a recent increase in acceptance with younger people opting to go to the bingo halls instead of the bars on a weekend. This is all about to be reversed with the introduction of the anti smoking law throughout UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes while marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public place will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most favorite locations where folks like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plummeted and the business is literally fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Obviously they have not abandoned this familiar game?

The answer is online. Gamblers realise that they can enjoy bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and smoke and still enjoy massive cash rewards. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course playing on the web is unlikely to replace the collective portion of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left many bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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