Can the Smoking Ban in England Force Bingo Players Online?

Much has been written in the papers recently regarding the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the anti smoking law in England. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive aid to help keep the businesses alive. But does the web adaptation of this classic game offer a salvation, or will it not compare to its real life relative?

Bingo is an enduring game historically enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game recently had seen a recent comeback in acceptance with younger people opting to hit the bingo parlors in place of the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the introduction of the smoking ban all over England and Wales.

Players will no longer be allowed to puff on cigarettes whilst dabbing numbers. From the summer of ‘07 every public location will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favorite places where many people like to smoke.

The results of the anti smoking law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plunged and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Certainly they haven’t deserted this enduring game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers are now realizing that they can enjoy bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a drink and fag and in the end, enjoy monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the net is unlikely to replace the social part of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the governing edicts have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.

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