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Will the Cigarette Ban in England Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

Much has been written in the papers just a while ago concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in England. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But will the online adaptation of this quintessential game provide a salvation, or might it not compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo is an enduring game historically played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game recently had undergone a recent comeback in acceptance with younger people deciding to go to the bingo parlors rather than the bars on a Saturday night. All this is about to be destroyed with the enacting of the cigarette ban throughout England and Wales.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke at the same time marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 every public area will not be allowed to permit smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored areas where many people like to smoke.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already banned in the bingo parlours. Numbers have dropped and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they have not deserted this age old game?

The answer is online. People know that they can gamble on bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and smoke and in the end, have a chance at huge prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing on the internet is unlikely to replace the social part of going over to the bingo parlour, but for a group of men and women the rules have left a lot of bingo players with no option.

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