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Might the Smoking Ban in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

Much has been talked in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry singing the blues as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Conditions have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However can the web variation of this quintessential game present a reprieve, or might it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo has been an familiar game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game lately had witnessed a recent return in popularity with younger men and women deciding to go to the bingo halls rather than the bars on a Friday night. This is all about to change with the enforcement of the cigarette ban throughout England and Wales.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke whilst marking off their numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public areas will not be allowed to permit smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favorite areas where folks enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo parlours. Numbers have dropped and the business is literally struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Of course they haven’t forgotten this established game?

The answer is online. Gamblers realise that they can wager on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cig and still have a chance at huge cash rewards. This is a recent development and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course gambling on on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective part of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the rules have left a good many bingo players with no alternative.

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