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Much has been written in the press not long ago about the bingo industry struggling as a result of the cigarette ban in England. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big aid to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. But can the web version of this classic game present a escape, or will it never compare to its real life kin?

Bingo is an familiar game usually enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game lately had witnessed a recent increase in appeal with younger men and women deciding to hit the bingo parlours instead of the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to change with the legislating of the smoking ban around United Kingdom.

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

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo parlors. Players have dropped and the industry is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Certainly they have not cast aside this age old game?

The answer is online. Gamblers know that they can enjoy bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cig and in the end, enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the web will never replace the communal aspect of heading down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of men and women the law has left a number of bingo players with no choice.