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Will the Anti Smoking Law in the United Kingdom Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

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Much has been written in the papers just a while ago concerning the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for massive aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the web adaptation of this traditional game offer a salvation, or will it never compare to its real life peer?

Bingo has been an established game historically enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had witnessed a recent return in acceptance with younger men and women opting to visit the bingo halls in place of the clubs on a weekend. All this is about to be reversed with the enforcement of the anti smoking law all over United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public locations will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most popular areas where people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Players have plummeted and the industry is absolutely fighting for its life. But where have the players gone? Certainly they have not cast aside this age old game?

The answer is online. Players are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a drink and fag and still have a chance at big jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on online is unlikely to replace the social portion of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of players the law has left a number of bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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