Will the Cigarette Ban in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

An abundance has been written in the papers recently about the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big aid to help keep the businesses afloat. However will the web version of this traditional game offer a lifeline, or will it never compare to its land based peer?

Bingo has been an established game normally played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had witnessed a recent resurgence in appeal with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo halls in place of the clubs on a Saturday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the introduction of the cigarette ban around Britain.

No longer will gamblers be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public locations will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored areas where folks enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plummeted and the business is literally fighting for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Certainly they have not cast aside this ancient game?

The answer is on the web. People realize that they can participate in bingo using their computer while enjoying a beverage and cigarette and in the end, have a chance at big cash rewards. This is a recent development and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on online is unlikely to replace the collective part of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the rules have left a lot of bingo players with little choice.

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