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Will the Smoking Ban in England Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

An abundance has been stated in the press recently regarding the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the smoking ban in the United Kingdom. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive tax breaks to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. However can the web version of this classic game offer a lifeline, or will it not compare to its bricks and mortar peer?

Bingo is an classic game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game recently had seen a recent comeback in acceptance with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlors in place of the discos on a Saturday night. All this is about to change with the introduction of the anti smoking law all over UK.

No more will gamblers be permitted to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 every public place will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most popular locations where players enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo parlours. Profits have plunged and the industry is literally fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they haven’t deserted this age old game?

The answer is online. Players realise that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cig and in the end, have a chance at big cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course playing on the web is unlikely to replace the social portion of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the rules have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no option.

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