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Might the Anti Cigarette Law in the United Kingdom Take Bingo Players Online?

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Much has been written in the papers not long ago about the bingo industry being hit as a result of the smoking ban in Britain. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. But can the web variation of this classic game provide a reprieve, or will it in no way compare to its land based kin?

Bingo is an classic game usually enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game lately had experienced a recent resurgence in popularity with younger people deciding to go to the bingo parlours rather than the discos on a Saturday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the legislating of the cigarette ban around UK.

Players will no longer be allowed to puff on cigarettes while dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most common places where folks enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo halls. Profits have plunged and the industry is literally fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Of course they have not given up on this classic game?

The answer is on the internet. People realise that they can gamble on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a beer and cigarette and still have a chance at massive prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has happened almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course gambling on on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the rules have left a number of bingo players with no alternative.

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