Could the Anti Smoking Law in the United Kingdom Force Bingo Players On to the Net?

A lot has been reported in the papers not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hurt because of the cigarette ban in the United Kingdom. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to help keep the industry afloat. However will the web adaptation of this classic game provide a salvation, or might it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar relative?

Bingo has been an established game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game of late had seen a recent return in appeal with younger men and women opting to go to the bingo parlors instead of the bars on a weekend. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the introduction of the anti cigarette law all over United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke whilst marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public places will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most common places where many people like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo halls. Players have plunged and the industry is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Certainly they haven’t given up on this classic game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realize that they can participate in bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a beer and cig and still have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened almost perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the internet is unlikely to replace the social portion of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left a number of bingo players with no alternative.

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