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Might the Cigarette Ban in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

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An abundance has been talked in the press not long ago about the bingo industry singing the blues as a consequence of the anti smoking law in England. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses alive. However does the web version of this quintessential game offer a salvation, or will it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar relative?

Bingo has been an age old game usually played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game of late had undergone a recent increase in appeal with younger people opting to visit the bingo halls in place of the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to change with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law across United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most popular locations where people like to smoke.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo halls. Numbers have dropped and the business is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Obviously they haven’t abandoned this enduring game?

The answer is on the web. Players realize that they can wager on bingo from their computer while enjoying a drink and fag and in the end, have a chance at huge jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has happened just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course gambling on on the web is unlikely to replace the social part of heading down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of players the law has left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no option.

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