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Could the Anti Smoking Law in the UK Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

A lot has been written in the press just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a result of the smoking ban in England. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big aid to assist in keeping the industry afloat. However does the online adaptation of this classic game present a reprieve, or will it in no way compare to its real life equivalent?

Bingo has been an familiar game usually enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. In any case the game recently had witnessed a recent increase in acceptance with younger people deciding to hit the bingo halls in place of the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to be reversed with the enacting of the anti cigarette law throughout United Kingdom.

No longer will players be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public location will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favorite areas where players enjoy smoking.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlours. Players have plummeted and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Certainly they haven’t given up on this age old game?

The answer is online. Gamblers know that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a beer and cig and still have a chance at monstrous jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course gambling on on the internet will never replace the social part of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of players the rules have left a lot of bingo players with little choice.

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