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Will the Anti Smoking Law in Britain Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

A lot has been written in the papers recently regarding the bingo industry being hurt because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. But does the online version of this quintessential game present a salvation, or might it never compare to its land based opposite?

Bingo is an familiar game normally played by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game of late had witnessed a recent increase in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to hit the bingo parlors rather than the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the introduction of the anti smoking law around England and Wales.

No more will enthusiasts be allowed to smoke whilst marking numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most common places where many people like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo parlors. Players have dropped and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Certainly they haven’t given up on this enduring game?

The answer is on the net. People realise that they can play bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a beer and cig and in the end, enjoy huge prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the internet is unlikely to replace the social part of heading over to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of men and women the rules have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with little option.

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