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An abundance has been reported in the press just a while ago regarding 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 huge tax cuts to help keep the industry alive. But will the internet variation of this classic game present a escape, or might it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar peer?

Bingo is an ancient game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game of late had witnessed a recent return in acceptance with younger people deciding to go to the bingo parlors instead of the discos on a weekend. This is all about to be destroyed with the legislating of the smoking ban across UK.

No more will gamblers be permitted to smoke whilst dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public place will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most common locations where players enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Obviously they have not abandoned this classic game?

The answer is online. People are now realizing that they can enjoy bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and in the end, enjoy massive jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course betting on on the internet is unlikely to replace the social aspect of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a group of players the law has left a good many bingo players with no option.