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Can the Smoking Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players On to the Net?

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An abundance has been written in the press recently regarding the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the anti smoking law in the United Kingdom. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for massive tax cuts to assist in keeping the businesses alive. But will the web adaptation of this traditional game present a salvation, or might it in no way compare to its real life peer?

Bingo has been an classic game historically enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game lately had experienced a recent comeback in popularity with younger members of society deciding to go to the bingo parlors rather than the bars on a Saturday night. All this is about to change with the enforcement of the smoking ban around Britain.

No more will gamblers be allowed to smoke while dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most popular places where players enjoy smoking.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where have the players gone? Obviously they haven’t deserted this ancient game?

The answer is on the web. People realize that they can gamble on bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cig and in the end, enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the internet will never replace the social aspect of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the law has left a lot of bingo players with no choice.

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