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Might the Anti Cigarette Law in Britain Drive Bingo Players Online?

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A lot has been written in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in the UK. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge tax cuts to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. But can the online version of this quintessential game provide a reprieve, or might it never compare to its land based kin?

Bingo is an age old game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game of late had seen a recent return in acceptance with younger people deciding to go to the bingo parlors in place of the discos on a weekend. This is all about to be reversed with the enacting of the smoking ban across UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke whilst marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 every public location will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most popular locations where many people like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the anti smoking law can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already banned in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they haven’t deserted this classic game?

The answer is on the internet. Players realise that they can play bingo using their computer while enjoying a beverage and fag and in the end, have a chance at massive prizes. This is a recent development and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course gambling on online is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the rules have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no option.

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