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Can the Smoking Ban in Britain Force Bingo Players On to the Web?

A lot has been reported in the press not long ago concerning the bingo industry singing the blues as a result of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive aid to assist in keeping the industry afloat. But can the internet adaptation of this classic game offer a escape, or will it never compare to its land based relative?

Bingo is an familiar game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game recently had seen a recent increase in appeal with younger men and women opting to go to the bingo parlors in place of the bars on a Friday night. All this is about to change with the enacting of the anti cigarette law all over Britain.

No more will enthusiasts be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public places will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most popular places where folks enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plummeted and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t abandoned this age old game?

The answer is on the web. Players realize that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a drink and fag and still enjoy monstrous prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing online could never replace the social part of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the governing edicts have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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