Could the Cigarette Ban in the UK Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

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An abundance has been talked in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry being hit because of the smoking ban in the United Kingdom. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big aid to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. However will the internet version of this classic game offer a escape, or will it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo is an familiar game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game recently had undergone a recent resurgence in appeal with younger people opting to hit the bingo parlours rather than the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to be reversed with the enacting of the anti cigarette law across England and Wales.

No more will enthusiasts be able to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favored places where many people like to smoke.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo halls. Numbers have plummeted and the industry is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Certainly they haven’t cast aside this age old game?

The answer is online. People are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo using their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cig and still have a chance at big prizes. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti smoking law.

Of course wagering on on the web will never replace the communal aspect of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of men and women the rules have left many bingo players with no alternative.

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