Might the Anti Smoking Law in Britain Take Bingo Players On to the Web?

by Brennen on January 16th, 2016

An abundance has been written in the press recently about the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the cigarette ban in Britain. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big tax cuts to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. But does the web version of this classic game provide a lifeline, or will it never compare to its land based peer?

Bingo is an classic game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game lately had experienced a recent return in popularity with younger men and women opting to go to the bingo parlours in place of the bars on a Friday night. All this is about to change with the enforcement of the anti smoking law across England and Wales.

No longer will gamblers be allowed to smoke whilst dabbing numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public places will not be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most common areas where many people like to smoke.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo parlors. Players have plunged and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Obviously they have not deserted this classic game?

The answer is on the web. People are now realizing that they can participate in bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and fag and in the end, enjoy big prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course playing online will never replace the communal portion of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a lot of bingo players with no option.

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