Will the Anti Smoking Law in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts Online?

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Much has been reported in the papers just a while ago concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the cigarette ban in the UK. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big tax breaks to assist in keeping the industry afloat. However will the web version of this quintessential game offer a lifeline, or might it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar relative?

Bingo has been an familiar game historically played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game lately had seen a recent return in appeal with younger members of society deciding to hit the bingo parlours rather than the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to be destroyed with the enforcement of the smoking ban throughout United Kingdom.

No more will enthusiasts be allowed to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 every public area will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most favorite areas where folks enjoy smoking.

The results of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlors. Profits have dropped and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Of course they have not deserted this age old game?

The answer is on the internet. Gamblers are now realizing that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and fag and still have a chance at huge cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened almost perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course wagering on on the internet could never replace the collective aspect of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of people the law has left a good many bingo players with little choice.

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