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Will the Smoking Ban in England Take Bingo Players On to the Net?

An abundance has been written in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hit because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big tax breaks to assist in keeping the industry afloat. However does the online version of this quintessential game offer a escape, or will it never compare to its real life equivalent?

Bingo is an classic game normally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game recently had seen a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo halls rather than the bars on a weekend. This is all about to be reversed with the enforcement of the anti smoking law all over UK.

No more will enthusiasts be permitted to puff on cigarettes while marking off their numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored places where people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti smoking law can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo halls. Profits have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Surely they haven’t given up on this enduring game?

The answer is on the internet. Gamblers know that they can enjoy bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and fag and in the end, have a chance at huge cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course wagering on on the net is unlikely to replace the social aspect of heading over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the rules have left many bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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