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

by Brennen on December 5th, 2017

[ English ]

A lot has been talked in the papers not long ago concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti smoking law in England. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge aid to help keep the industry afloat. However can the web version of this classic game provide a salvation, or might it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar equivalent?

Bingo has been an established game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game recently had witnessed a recent resurgence in appeal with younger men and women deciding to go to the bingo parlours rather than the clubs on a weekend. All this is about to be destroyed with the introduction of the cigarette ban all over United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes at the same time dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will not be allowed to permit smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most favored locations where people like to smoke.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo halls. Numbers have plunged and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Of course they have not cast aside this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. Players are now realizing that they can participate in bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and cigarette and still enjoy big cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course gambling on on the internet could never replace the social part of going down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a good many bingo players with no option.

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