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Might the Anti Cigarette Law in Britain Take Bingo Players On to the Internet?

A lot has been reported in the papers recently about the bingo industry singing the blues as a result of the anti cigarette law in the United Kingdom. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for big tax cuts to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However will the online version of this classic game offer a reprieve, or will it never compare to its real life kin?

Bingo is an familiar game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game recently had experienced a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to go to the bingo parlours in place of the clubs on a Saturday night. This is all about to be destroyed with the legislating of the smoking ban around UK.

No more will enthusiasts be able to puff on cigarettes while marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public place will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most popular places where folks like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo halls. Players have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Of course they have not given up on this ancient game?

The answer is online. Gamblers know that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a beverage and cig and still have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course gambling on on the net is unlikely to replace the social part of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a group of people the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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