Could the Cigarette Ban in England Drive Bingo Players On to the Net?

by Brennen on October 23rd, 2023

A lot has been stated in the press just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hit because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. However can the web version of this classic game present a salvation, or might it not compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo is an classic game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game recently had witnessed a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlours rather than the bars on a Saturday night. This is all about to be reversed with the enforcement of the anti smoking law throughout England and Wales.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public locations will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favored places where folks enjoy smoking.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already banned in the bingo parlors. Numbers have dropped and the industry is literally struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Of course they haven’t given up on this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. Players realise that they can participate in bingo using their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and in the end, enjoy huge cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the net is unlikely to replace the collective portion of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of players the rules have left a number of bingo players with no alternative.

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