Could the Cigarette Ban in the United Kingdom Force Bingo Players On to the Net?

An abundance has been talked in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry singing the blues because of the smoking ban in Britain. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses alive. But can the internet version of this quintessential game offer a salvation, or might it not compare to its land based opposite?

Bingo has been an enduring game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. In any case the game lately had witnessed a recent comeback in appeal with younger members of society deciding to hit the bingo halls rather than the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the anti cigarette law across Britain.

Players will no longer be allowed to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 every public location will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most popular areas where players like to smoke.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Players have plunged and the industry is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Obviously they haven’t forgotten this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. People are now realizing that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a drink and cigarette and in the end, enjoy massive jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing online will never replace the collective portion of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of players the governing edicts have left many bingo players with little option.

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