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Can the Anti Smoking Law in England Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

Much has been stated in the papers just a while ago about the bingo industry being hurt because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Conditions have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive tax cuts to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. However can the net variation of this traditional game provide a reprieve, or will it never compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo has been an age old game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game of late had seen a recent increase in popularity with younger members of society opting to hit the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to be reversed with the introduction of the smoking ban around England and Wales.

No more will players be allowed to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public place will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored places where many people like to puff on cigarettes.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlours. Players have plunged and the industry is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Obviously they have not abandoned this age old game?

The answer is on the net. People are now realizing that they can enjoy bingo using their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cig and in the end, have a chance at monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course gambling on on the internet is unlikely to replace the social portion of going over to the bingo parlour, but for a group of players the rules have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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