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Will the Smoking Ban in England Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

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A lot has been stated in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry being hurt because of the smoking ban in Britain. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to help keep the industry alive. However does the internet adaptation of this traditional game offer a escape, or will it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo is an ancient game normally played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game recently had seen a recent return in appeal with younger members of society opting to hit the bingo halls in place of the bars on a Friday night. All this is about to be reversed with the enacting of the cigarette ban all over England and Wales.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke while marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of '07 all public areas will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most popular locations where players like to smoke.

The results of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo parlors. Profits have dropped and the business is literally fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Of course they have not forgotten this established game?

The answer is on the internet. Players know that they can wager on bingo using their computer while enjoying a beverage and cigarette and in the end, enjoy monstrous jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course playing on the internet will never replace the communal aspect of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a group of players the rules have left a good many bingo players with little choice.

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