Might the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

A lot has been talked in the papers not long ago concerning the bingo industry being hit as a result of the anti smoking law in Britain. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for big aid to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the internet adaptation of this classic game provide a escape, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo has been an familiar game normally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game of late had witnessed a recent increase in acceptance with younger people opting to hit the bingo parlours instead of the bars on a weekend. All this is about to be destroyed with the introduction of the anti cigarette law across England and Wales.

No longer will players be allowed to smoke at the same time marking numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favorite places where many people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already not permitted in the bingo halls. Profits have plunged and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Obviously they have not given up on this established game?

The answer is online. Players realise that they can enjoy bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and cigarette and still enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course wagering on on the net could never replace the social portion of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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