Will the Smoking Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players Online?

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Much has been reported in the press just a while ago about the bingo industry struggling because of the anti cigarette law in the UK. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge tax cuts to assist in keeping the industry afloat. However does the net version of this traditional game offer a reprieve, or might it not compare to its real life kin?

Bingo is an classic game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game of late had seen a recent comeback in appeal with younger members of society deciding to hit the bingo halls in place of the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to be reversed with the enforcement of the anti smoking law across United Kingdom.

No longer will players be permitted to smoke whilst dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most favored places where players enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo parlors. Profits have plummeted and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Surely they haven’t cast aside this ancient game?

The answer is on the web. People know that they can wager on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still enjoy big prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has happened almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course gambling on online is unlikely to replace the social portion of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the law has left many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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