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Can the Anti Cigarette Law in the United Kingdom Force Bingo Players On to the Internet?

An abundance has been reported in the papers not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested huge aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. But does the internet variation of this classic game offer a salvation, or will it not compare to its real life peer?

Bingo is an familiar game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game recently had seen a recent return in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to visit the bingo halls instead of the discos on a weekend. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law throughout England and Wales.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke whilst marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored locations where players enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti cigarette law can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the business is absolutely fighting for its life. But where have the players gone? Certainly they have not forgotten this enduring game?

The answer is online. Gamblers are now realizing that they can participate in bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cig and still enjoy huge cash rewards. This is a recent development and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course betting on on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of men and women the law has left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with little option.

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