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Might the Cigarette Ban in England Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

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Much has been written in the press not long ago concerning the bingo industry struggling because of the cigarette ban in England. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge aid to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. But can the internet adaptation of this quintessential game offer a reprieve, or might it not compare to its land based equivalent?

Bingo has been an familiar game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game lately had witnessed a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger members of society deciding to visit the bingo parlours instead of the clubs on a Saturday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the anti smoking law all over UK.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes while marking off their numbers. From the summer of '07 all public locations will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common areas where people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti smoking law can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plunged and the business is literally fighting for its life. But where did all the players go? Obviously they have not deserted this age old game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers know that they can play bingo from their computer while enjoying a drink and cig and still enjoy big prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the net is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with little option.

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