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Might the Cigarette Ban in Britain Force Bingo Players On to the Internet?

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Much has been talked in the papers not long ago concerning the bingo industry being hurt because of the anti smoking law in England. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge tax cuts to help keep the businesses alive. However does the online adaptation of this quintessential game offer a reprieve, or will it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo has been an familiar game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game of late had witnessed a recent resurgence in popularity with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlors in place of the bars on a weekend. All this is about to change with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law all over England and Wales.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. Starting in the summer of '07 every public location will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favored locations where players enjoy smoking.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo parlours. Profits have plunged and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they have not abandoned this enduring game?

The answer is online. People are now realizing that they can participate in bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cigarette and in the end, have a chance at monstrous jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the internet is unlikely to replace the social part of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the governing edicts have left many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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