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An abundance has been written in the press just a while ago concerning the bingo industry being hit because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the online version of this quintessential game present a reprieve, or will it in no way compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo has been an classic game historically enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game recently had experienced a recent comeback in appeal with younger men and women opting to visit the bingo halls instead of the clubs on a weekend. All this is about to be destroyed with the legislating of the anti cigarette law across Britain.

No longer will enthusiasts be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most favorite locations where many people like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlors. Players have plunged and the industry is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Obviously they have not abandoned this classic game?

The answer is online. Gamblers know that they can gamble on bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and fag and still have a chance at huge prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the net will never replace the collective part of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left many bingo enthusiasts with no option.