Will the Smoking Ban in England Force Bingo Players On to the Net?

by Brennen on January 29th, 2024

An abundance has been stated in the papers not long ago about the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the cigarette ban in the UK. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to help keep the businesses alive. But can the web adaptation of this traditional game provide a lifeline, or might it never compare to its land based relative?

Bingo has been an age old game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game recently had witnessed a recent increase in acceptance with younger people opting to hit the bingo parlours instead of the discos on a Friday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the smoking ban all over United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 all public areas will not be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favored places where folks enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti smoking law can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo parlours. Players have plunged and the industry is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t given up on this established game?

The answer is on the net. Players know that they can gamble on bingo using their computer while enjoying a beer and smoke and still enjoy huge cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective portion of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the law has left a number of bingo players with little option.

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