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Might the Anti Cigarette Law in England Force Bingo Players On to the Internet?

Much has been stated in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry being hit as a result of the cigarette ban in England. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to help keep the businesses alive. However will the net variation of this traditional game offer a escape, or might it never compare to its land based kin?

Bingo has been an familiar game historically played by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game of late had witnessed a recent resurgence in appeal with younger people deciding to hit the bingo halls in place of the clubs on a Saturday night. All this is about to be destroyed with the enacting of the smoking ban throughout United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 all public areas will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favorite locations where folks enjoy smoking.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already prohibited in the bingo halls. Profits have plunged and the industry is literally fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they have not abandoned this familiar game?

The answer is online. Gamblers are now realizing that they can bet on bingo using their computer while enjoying a beverage and cig and in the end, have a chance at massive jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course gambling on on the net will never replace the social part of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of men and women the rules have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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