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An abundance has been talked in the papers recently regarding the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti smoking law in the United Kingdom. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But will the web variation of this classic game present a escape, or might it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo has been an established game generally played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game recently had witnessed a recent return in acceptance with younger members of society deciding to visit the bingo parlours rather than the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to change with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law throughout England and Wales.

No longer will players be able to smoke whilst dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public locations will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most common locations where people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlours. Profits have dropped and the industry is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Certainly they have not given up on this established game?

The answer is on the internet. Gamblers realize that they can wager on bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and cig and still enjoy massive prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on on the web is unlikely to replace the communal portion of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the law has left a number of bingo players with little option.