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Could the Anti Cigarette Law in the UK Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

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A lot has been stated in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry struggling because of the cigarette ban in England. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive tax breaks to help keep the businesses alive. But will the web version of this quintessential game present a lifeline, or will it not compare to its land based equivalent?

Bingo has been an ancient game historically played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game of late had experienced a recent comeback in popularity with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo parlours in place of the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to change with the enacting of the cigarette ban around England and Wales.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke while marking numbers. Starting in the summer of '07 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most common locations where players like to smoke.

The results of the smoking ban can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already not permitted in the bingo halls. Profits have plunged and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Surely they have not abandoned this ancient game?

The answer is online. Gamblers realise that they can participate in bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and fag and in the end, enjoy huge cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective part of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of men and women the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.

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