Will the Cigarette Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players On to the Web?

by Brennen on September 22nd, 2023

A lot has been stated in the press recently concerning the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the cigarette ban in England. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive aid to assist in keeping the industry afloat. But can the internet adaptation of this quintessential game present a salvation, or will it not compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo is an familiar game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game recently had seen a recent comeback in appeal with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlors in place of the bars on a weekend. All this is about to change with the introduction of the anti cigarette law around Britain.

No longer will players be permitted to smoke while marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public areas will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most popular areas where folks enjoy smoking.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo halls. Numbers have plunged and the business is absolutely struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Of course they haven’t abandoned this enduring game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realise that they can gamble on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a beer and smoke and still enjoy huge prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing on the internet is unlikely to replace the social part of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a group of players the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no option.

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