Will the Cigarette Ban in the UK Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

Much has been stated in the press not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a result of the anti cigarette law in England. Conditions have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. However does the online version of this classic game offer a lifeline, or will it not compare to its land based kin?

Bingo has been an ancient game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game lately had undergone a recent resurgence in popularity with younger members of society deciding to visit the bingo halls instead of the bars on a Saturday night. This is all about to change with the legislating of the smoking ban around England and Wales.

No longer will players be able to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 every public place will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favorite locations where many people like to smoke.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already prohibited in the bingo parlours. Players have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Obviously they have not cast aside this age old game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realize that they can bet on bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and smoke and still have a chance at monstrous jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the web can never replace the communal portion of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a group of people the governing edicts have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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