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Will the Anti Cigarette Law in England Drive Bingo Players On to the Web?

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Much has been reported in the papers not long ago regarding the bingo industry singing the blues because of the smoking ban in Britain. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the web variation of this traditional game offer a escape, or will it not compare to its real life equivalent?

Bingo is an enduring game normally played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game lately had undergone a recent return in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to hit the bingo parlours rather than the discos on a Saturday night. All this is about to change with the enacting of the anti cigarette law throughout United Kingdom.

No longer will enthusiasts be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 all public areas will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most common places where players enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plunged and the industry is literally fighting for its life. But where did all the players go? Surely they have not forgotten this ancient game?

The answer is on the internet. Players realise that they can enjoy bingo from their computer while enjoying a beer and cigarette and in the end, enjoy massive cash rewards. This is a recent development and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing on the internet is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of men and women the law has left many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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