Might the Cigarette Ban in England Drive Bingo Players On to the Net?

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Much has been reported in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in England. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive aid to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. However does the online variation of this traditional game offer a escape, or might it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar equivalent?

Bingo has been an age old game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game lately had experienced a recent return in acceptance with younger men and women opting to hit the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a weekend. This is all about to be destroyed with the legislating of the anti smoking law around England and Wales.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke at the same time marking off their numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most popular areas where people enjoy smoking.

The results of the smoking ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they have not deserted this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. People realise that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and in the end, have a chance at massive prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the internet could never replace the collective aspect of going over to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of men and women the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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