Can the Cigarette Ban in England Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

by Brennen on March 8th, 2017

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An abundance has been written in the papers just a while ago concerning the bingo industry being hurt because of the smoking ban in Britain. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested huge tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. But does the web version of this quintessential game provide a escape, or will it not compare to its bricks and mortar relative?

Bingo is an age old game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game of late had seen a recent return in popularity with younger men and women opting to visit the bingo halls in place of the discos on a weekend. All this is about to change with the enacting of the anti cigarette law around England and Wales.

No more will gamblers be allowed to smoke whilst marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public areas will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most common locations where players enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti smoking law can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already banned in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the industry is literally fighting for its life. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t deserted this established game?

The answer is on the net. Players are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a beer and cigarette and in the end, have a chance at massive cash rewards. This is a recent development and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on online is unlikely to replace the collective portion of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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