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Might the Cigarette Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players On to the Net?

Much has been stated in the press not long ago regarding the bingo industry struggling as a result of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to help keep the businesses afloat. However will the net version of this traditional game provide a escape, or will it never compare to its real life equivalent?

Bingo is an age old game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game recently had undergone a recent resurgence in appeal with younger men and women deciding to go to the bingo parlours rather than the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to change with the enforcement of the anti smoking law throughout England and Wales.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke whilst marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public places will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favorite areas where many people like to smoke.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already prohibited in the bingo halls. Numbers have plummeted and the industry is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Of course they have not cast aside this familiar game?

The answer is online. Gamblers are now realizing that they can play bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a drink and cig and still enjoy big cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the web is unlikely to replace the communal portion of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the law has left many bingo players with no choice.

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