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Can the Smoking Ban in England Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

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 England. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for massive tax cuts to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. But does the web version of this traditional game offer a reprieve, or will it not compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo is an age old game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had witnessed a recent increase in appeal with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlours in place of the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the anti cigarette law across England and Wales.

Players will no longer be able to smoke while marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 all public locations will not be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common areas where players like to smoke.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlours. Profits have plummeted and the business is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Certainly they haven’t abandoned this established game?

The answer is online. Gamblers are now realizing that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beer and smoke and still have a chance at monstrous jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has happened almost perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course gambling on on the net is unlikely to replace the social aspect of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left many bingo enthusiasts with no option.

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