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Much has been talked in the press recently regarding the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in the UK. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. But does the online version of this classic game provide a lifeline, or might it never compare to its bricks and mortar peer?

Bingo has been an age old game usually enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game lately had seen a recent return in appeal with younger people deciding to hit the bingo parlours instead of the clubs on a weekend. This is all about to change with the enacting of the anti cigarette law throughout Britain.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public locations will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most common places where people like to smoke.

The results of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlours. Players have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Of course they haven’t deserted this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. People realise that they can enjoy bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cig and still enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course wagering on on the net is unlikely to replace the communal part of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a group of people the governing edicts have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little option.