Will the Anti Smoking Law in England Drive Bingo Players On to the Net?

An abundance has been written in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry struggling because of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However will the online adaptation of this classic game offer a lifeline, or will it in no way compare to its land based relative?

Bingo has been an ancient game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game lately had undergone a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to hit the bingo parlours in place of the bars on a weekend. This is all about to change with the legislating of the anti smoking law around Britain.

No more will gamblers be permitted to puff on cigarettes while marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public locations will not be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most popular places where players enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the industry is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Of course they haven’t deserted this familiar game?

The answer is online. Gamblers are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and cigarette and still have a chance at monstrous jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti smoking law.

Of course betting on online is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left a number of bingo players with no option.

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