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Might the Anti Smoking Law in England Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

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A lot has been talked in the papers recently regarding the bingo industry singing the blues as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in the UK. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested huge aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However can the net variation of this traditional game offer a reprieve, or might it never compare to its land based relative?

Bingo is an familiar game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game recently had experienced a recent comeback in acceptance with younger people opting to hit the bingo halls in place of the discos on a Friday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the smoking ban around United Kingdom.

No more will enthusiasts be able to puff on cigarettes while marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most common places where players enjoy smoking.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo halls. Profits have plummeted and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Obviously they have not forgotten this familiar game?

The answer is on the web. People realise that they can enjoy bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and smoke and still enjoy monstrous jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course gambling on on the net is unlikely to replace the social aspect of going down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of men and women the rules have left many bingo players with little alternative.

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