Might the Cigarette Ban in England Take Bingo Players On to the Internet?

by Brennen on August 16th, 2022

An abundance has been reported in the papers recently about the bingo industry singing the blues as a result of the smoking ban in Britain. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive tax breaks to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But can the internet version of this quintessential game present a escape, or will it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar peer?

Bingo has been an classic game normally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had seen a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo parlours instead of the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to be reversed with the enacting of the smoking ban across United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke while dabbing numbers. From the summer of ‘07 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favorite locations where many people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plummeted and the industry is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t given up on this classic game?

The answer is online. People know that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beer and fag and in the end, have a chance at monstrous jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course wagering on online can never replace the communal aspect of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of players the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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