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Will the Cigarette Ban in Britain Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

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Much has been reported in the papers just a while ago about the bingo industry being hit as a result of the anti smoking law in the United Kingdom. Conditions have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive tax cuts to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. But does the net version of this traditional game offer a lifeline, or might it not compare to its bricks and mortar relative?

Bingo has been an classic game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game recently had experienced a recent resurgence in popularity with younger people opting to visit the bingo parlours instead of the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to change with the enforcement of the anti smoking law across UK.

No longer will gamblers be allowed to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public location will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most popular areas where many people like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo halls. Players have plunged and the business is absolutely struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they have not abandoned this classic game?

The answer is on the net. Players are now realizing that they can wager on bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a beer and smoke and still have a chance at big jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course gambling on on the internet could never replace the collective aspect of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a group of men and women the law has left a lot of bingo players with no option.

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