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Could the Anti Smoking Law in Britain Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

An abundance has been reported in the papers recently about the bingo industry singing the blues because of the cigarette ban in the United Kingdom. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded huge tax breaks to help keep the industry afloat. However can the online variation of this traditional game provide a escape, or might it never compare to its real life equivalent?

Bingo is an ancient game usually played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had undergone a recent resurgence in popularity with younger men and women opting to visit the bingo halls in place of the bars on a Friday night. This is all about to be destroyed with the enacting of the smoking ban all over UK.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke while marking off their numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public places will not be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most popular areas where people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo parlors. Profits have dropped and the industry is absolutely fighting for its life. But where have the players gone? Of course they haven’t deserted this classic game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers are now realizing that they can play bingo from their computer while enjoying a beverage and cig and in the end, enjoy massive jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing online is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of players the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.

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