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Will the Smoking Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

An abundance has been written in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the smoking ban in the United Kingdom. Things have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive tax breaks to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. But does the web adaptation of this quintessential game provide a escape, or will it in no way compare to its real life relative?

Bingo is an established game generally played by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game recently had experienced a recent comeback in appeal with younger men and women opting to hit the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a weekend. This is all about to change with the introduction of the cigarette ban all over Britain.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time dabbing numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public locations will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most common areas where folks enjoy smoking.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlours. Players have plummeted and the business is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Surely they haven’t cast aside this age old game?

The answer is online. Players know that they can wager on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on on the web could never replace the social aspect of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the law has left many bingo players with no option.

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