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Can the Smoking Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players Online?

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Much has been written in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a result of the smoking ban in England. Things have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. However can the net variation of this quintessential game offer a reprieve, or will it never compare to its real life relative?

Bingo is an established game historically played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game lately had witnessed a recent return in popularity with younger people deciding to go to the bingo halls rather than the bars on a Saturday night. All this is about to be reversed with the enacting of the anti cigarette law all over UK.

No more will enthusiasts be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public place will not be allowed to permit smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most popular areas where folks enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already illegal in the bingo parlors. Players have plunged and the business is literally fighting for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Of course they have not deserted this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. People realize that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a beer and cig and still have a chance at huge cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course gambling on online will never replace the collective aspect of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of men and women the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo players with little alternative.

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