Might the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Take Bingo Players On to the Net?

by Brennen on March 3rd, 2017

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An abundance has been reported in the press recently regarding the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the smoking ban in Britain. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to help keep the businesses afloat. But can the web variation of this quintessential game offer a escape, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo has been an age old game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. In any case the game recently had experienced a recent increase in appeal with younger men and women deciding to go to the bingo halls in place of the discos on a weekend. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the cigarette ban across England and Wales.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public places will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common places where many people enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti cigarette law can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the industry is absolutely fighting for its life. But where did the players go? Certainly they have not deserted this familiar game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers are now realizing that they can play bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a beer and cigarette and still enjoy big jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course betting on online will never replace the social aspect of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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