Could the Smoking Ban in the UK Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

by Brennen on August 8th, 2023

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Much has been stated in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry singing the blues as a consequence of the smoking ban in England. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge tax cuts to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. However can the online version of this quintessential game present a escape, or might it in no way compare to its real life equivalent?

Bingo is an ancient game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. In any case the game lately had seen a recent increase in popularity with younger people opting to hit the bingo halls rather than the bars on a Saturday night. This is all about to change with the enforcement of the anti smoking law all over England and Wales.

No longer will gamblers be allowed to puff on cigarettes while marking off their numbers. From the summer of ‘07 every public area will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favored places where players like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plummeted and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Surely they have not given up on this classic game?

The answer is online. People know that they can play bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and fag and still have a chance at monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course gambling on on the internet could never replace the communal part of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the governing edicts have left many bingo players with little alternative.

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