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

An abundance has been stated in the papers recently about the bingo industry being hit because of the anti cigarette law in England. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested huge aid to assist in keeping the businesses alive. But can the web adaptation of this classic game provide a reprieve, or will it not compare to its bricks and mortar equivalent?

Bingo is an classic game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game lately had experienced a recent resurgence in popularity with younger men and women opting to go to the bingo halls rather than the clubs on a Saturday night. All this is about to be destroyed with the enacting of the anti cigarette law around United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public location will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favored areas where many people like to smoke.

The outcome of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo halls. Players have plummeted and the business is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where did the players go? Surely they have not cast aside this established game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers realize that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a drink and cig and in the end, have a chance at massive prizes. This is a recent development and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course betting on on the net is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of heading over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of men and women the law has left many bingo players with no alternative.

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