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Could the Smoking Ban in England Take Bingo Players On to the Internet?

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Much has been written in the papers not long ago about the bingo industry struggling as a result of the smoking ban in Britain. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. However does the web adaptation of this classic game provide a escape, or will it not compare to its bricks and mortar equivalent?

Bingo is an familiar game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game recently had witnessed a recent increase in acceptance with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo parlors instead of the clubs on a Saturday night. All this is about to be reversed with the introduction of the smoking ban throughout Britain.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke while marking off their numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public location will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most favored places where folks like to smoke.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already illegal in the bingo halls. Profits have plunged and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Surely they haven’t given up on this enduring game?

The answer is online. Gamblers are now realizing that they can wager on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and smoke 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 wagering on on the web is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a group of people the law has left many bingo players with no option.

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