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

Much has been written in the press just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the anti smoking law in the United Kingdom. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge tax cuts to help keep the industry alive. But does the online version of this classic game provide a reprieve, or will it never compare to its land based peer?

Bingo has been an ancient game usually played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game of late had seen a recent increase in popularity with younger people deciding to visit the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law around Britain.

No more will gamblers be allowed to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public areas will not be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favored areas where many people like to puff on cigarettes.

The results of the anti smoking law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo parlors. Players have dropped and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Obviously they have not deserted this ancient game?

The answer is on the web. Players realise that they can wager on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and smoke and in the end, enjoy big cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the net could never replace the collective aspect of going down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the law has left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with little option.

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