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Might the Smoking Ban in England Drive Bingo Enthusiasts Online?

A lot has been written in the press recently concerning the bingo industry singing the blues as a result of the anti cigarette law in England. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge tax breaks to assist in keeping the industry alive. But will the net adaptation of this classic game present a lifeline, or might it not compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo has been an age old game usually played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game recently had witnessed a recent comeback in popularity with younger men and women opting to visit the bingo parlors in place of the bars on a Saturday night. All this is about to be destroyed with the introduction of the anti cigarette law across United Kingdom.

No more will gamblers be allowed to smoke whilst marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public places will not be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most favored locations where players like to puff on cigarettes.

The results of the smoking ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo halls. Players have dropped and the industry is literally struggling for its life. But where did the players go? Obviously they have not deserted this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realize that they can gamble on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and cig and still have a chance at huge cash rewards. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on online is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the law has left many bingo players with no choice.

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