Could the Anti Smoking Law in England Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

by Brennen on December 22nd, 2022

An abundance has been stated in the press not long ago about the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the cigarette ban in the UK. Things have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to help keep the industry alive. But does the web adaptation of this traditional game present a lifeline, or will it not compare to its real life relative?

Bingo has been an enduring game normally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game recently had experienced a recent resurgence in appeal with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a Saturday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the anti smoking law all over Britain.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke while marking off their numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public places will not be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common areas where people like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already not permitted in the bingo halls. Players have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t forgotten this established game?

The answer is online. Gamblers realise that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a beer and cig and still enjoy huge cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself just about perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing online can never replace the communal part of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left a number of bingo players with little alternative.

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