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Could the Anti Cigarette Law in Britain Take Bingo Players On to the Internet?

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An abundance has been reported in the press not long ago concerning the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in the United Kingdom. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big tax breaks to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. However will the web variation of this traditional game present a reprieve, or might it not compare to its land based opposite?

Bingo is an age old game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game of late had undergone a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger members of society deciding to hit the bingo halls in place of the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the cigarette ban all over UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke whilst marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public places will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most popular places where many people like to smoke.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already illegal in the bingo halls. Profits have plummeted and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Of course they haven’t cast aside this enduring game?

The answer is on the web. People are now realizing that they can participate in bingo using their computer while enjoying a drink and smoke and in the end, have a chance at monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti smoking law.

Of course wagering on on the internet will never replace the communal portion of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left a good many bingo players with little alternative.

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