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Will the Cigarette Ban in England Drive Bingo Players On to the Net?

An abundance has been reported in the press just a while ago regarding the bingo industry singing the blues as a result of the anti cigarette law in England. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But can the online variation of this quintessential game present a lifeline, or will it in no way compare to its land based relative?

Bingo has been an classic game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. In any case the game recently had experienced a recent comeback in acceptance with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo halls instead of the bars on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the smoking ban around Britain.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke whilst marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 every public place will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored locations where players enjoy smoking.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo parlours. Profits have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where did the players go? Of course they haven’t deserted this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. Players are now realizing that they can participate in bingo using their computer while enjoying a beverage and cigarette and still enjoy big cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective part of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of men and women the rules have left a lot of bingo players with no option.

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