Might the Smoking Ban in England Force Bingo Players On to the Internet?

An abundance has been talked in the papers not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the cigarette ban in Britain. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big tax breaks to assist in keeping the industry alive. But does the net adaptation of this traditional game offer a escape, or might it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar peer?

Bingo is an established game normally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game recently had experienced a recent comeback in popularity with younger people opting to visit the bingo halls in place of the bars on a Friday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the introduction of the anti smoking law throughout United Kingdom.

No longer will players be allowed to puff on cigarettes while marking off their numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public area will not be allowed to permit smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most favorite locations where people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already not permitted in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plummeted and the business is absolutely struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Obviously they have not deserted this familiar game?

The answer is online. Players are now realizing that they can participate in bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still enjoy big cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course betting on on the internet 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 alternative.

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