Could the Cigarette Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players On to the Net?

by Brennen on November 6th, 2015

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A lot has been stated in the press recently regarding the bingo industry struggling because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive tax breaks to help keep the businesses afloat. However does the online version of this classic game present a salvation, or might it never compare to its bricks and mortar relative?

Bingo has been an established game usually enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game lately had experienced a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger people deciding to hit the bingo parlours rather than the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the smoking ban around United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most common locations where folks like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlours. Profits have dropped and the business is literally struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Certainly they haven’t given up on this enduring game?

The answer is on the web. Players realize that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a beer and cigarette and in the end, have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course gambling on online is unlikely to replace the collective portion of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the governing edicts have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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