Can the Cigarette Ban in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

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An abundance has been stated in the press just a while ago concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses alive. But will the net adaptation of this classic game present a escape, or might it not compare to its bricks and mortar equivalent?

Bingo is an classic game historically played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game recently had seen a recent increase in acceptance with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo halls rather than the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to be reversed with the introduction of the cigarette ban throughout United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public location will not be allowed to permit smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most common locations where people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already prohibited in the bingo parlours. Players have plunged and the business is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Surely they haven’t deserted this age old game?

The answer is on the web. People realize that they can wager on bingo from their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still have a chance at monstrous jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has happened almost perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing on the net can never replace the communal portion of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the rules have left many bingo enthusiasts with little option.

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