Might the Anti Smoking Law in England Force Bingo Players On to the Web?

by Brennen on August 26th, 2015

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Much has been stated in the papers not long ago concerning the bingo industry being hit as a result of the smoking ban in England. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for massive tax breaks to help keep the industry alive. However does the web version of this classic game offer a lifeline, or might it not compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo is an ancient game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game recently had undergone a recent increase in popularity with younger people opting to hit the bingo halls instead of the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to be reversed with the enacting of the anti cigarette law across UK.

No more will gamblers be permitted to puff on cigarettes while marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public location will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favored areas where folks enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the industry is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Of course they haven’t deserted this enduring game?

The answer is online. Players know that they can wager on bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cigarette and still have a chance at big prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course playing on the web will never replace the collective part of going over to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the governing edicts have left a number of bingo players with no choice.

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