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A lot has been written in the papers just a while ago about the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the anti smoking law in the UK. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested huge aid to help keep the businesses alive. But will the online variation of this traditional game provide a escape, or will it never compare to its real life peer?

Bingo is an established game usually enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had undergone a recent increase in popularity with younger members of society deciding to hit the bingo parlors rather than the discos on a Saturday night. All this is about to change with the enacting of the anti cigarette law all over United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke at the same time marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most popular areas where many people like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo parlours. Numbers have dropped and the business is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Certainly they have not forgotten this classic game?

The answer is on the net. People realise that they can wager on bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a beer and cigarette and in the end, enjoy massive jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened almost perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective portion of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of players the rules have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.