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A lot has been talked in the press not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hit because of the cigarette ban in England. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big aid to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. However can the net variation of this classic game present a salvation, or might it never compare to its land based peer?

Bingo is an enduring game normally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game lately had witnessed a recent return in popularity with younger men and women opting to visit the bingo halls instead of the bars on a Saturday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the anti cigarette law all over UK.

No more will players be allowed to puff on cigarettes whilst dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 all public areas will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favorite locations where many people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the business is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Obviously they haven’t cast aside this enduring game?

The answer is online. People are now realizing that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and cigarette and still have a chance at monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent development and has happened almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of people the law has left a lot of bingo players with no choice.