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Could the Smoking Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players On to the Web?

A lot has been reported in the press recently concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested huge tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. But will the internet version of this classic game offer a escape, or might it in no way compare to its land based peer?

Bingo is an classic game usually enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game of late had undergone a recent resurgence in popularity with younger people opting to hit the bingo halls instead of the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to change with the introduction of the cigarette ban across Britain.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke at the same time marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public locations will not be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favorite places where players like to smoke.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already banned in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plunged and the business is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Surely they have not given up on this familiar game?

The answer is on the net. Players realise that they can gamble on bingo using their computer while enjoying a beverage and cigarette and still enjoy monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the internet will never replace the communal portion of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a group of men and women the law has left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no option.

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