Can the Smoking Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players Online?

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A lot has been written in the papers just a while ago about the bingo industry being hurt because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big aid to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. But does the web variation of this quintessential game provide a escape, or will it never compare to its land based opposite?

Bingo is an enduring game normally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game recently had experienced a recent comeback in popularity with younger members of society opting to hit the bingo halls instead of the discos on a Saturday night. All this is about to change with the enacting of the anti smoking law around Britain.

No more will enthusiasts be able to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public location will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favorite locations where many people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plunged and the business is absolutely struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Obviously they have not given up on this enduring game?

The answer is on the internet. People realize that they can wager on bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cig and in the end, enjoy big jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course wagering on online is unlikely to replace the social portion of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of men and women the law has left many bingo players with no option.

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