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Could the Anti Cigarette Law in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

A lot has been reported in the press just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hurt because of the smoking ban in the UK. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for massive aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But can the web variation of this quintessential game offer a reprieve, or will it in no way compare to its land based opposite?

Bingo is an enduring game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game lately had experienced a recent increase in acceptance with younger members of society opting to visit the bingo halls rather than the bars on a weekend. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law across England and Wales.

No more will enthusiasts be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public locations will not be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favored places where folks like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the business is literally fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Of course they have not forgotten this enduring game?

The answer is online. Gamblers realise that they can play bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and cigarette and still enjoy monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the web will never replace the communal aspect of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of men and women the law has left a lot of bingo players with no option.

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