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Could the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Drive Bingo Enthusiasts Online?

A lot has been stated in the press recently concerning the bingo industry singing the blues because of the anti cigarette law in England. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big aid to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. But can the online variation of this quintessential game present a reprieve, or will it never compare to its land based equivalent?

Bingo is an age old game historically enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game lately had experienced a recent return in popularity with younger men and women deciding to visit the bingo halls in place of the discos on a weekend. All this is about to be destroyed with the introduction of the anti smoking law throughout UK.

No longer will gamblers be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public areas will not be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favored locations where players like to smoke.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the business is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they haven’t forgotten this familiar game?

The answer is on the internet. People realize that they can bet on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and smoke and still have a chance at big jackpots. This is a recent development and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing on the internet is unlikely to replace the communal part of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the law has left a lot of bingo players with little option.

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