Can the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Drive Bingo Players On to the Web?

A lot has been talked in the press just a while ago about the bingo industry struggling as a result of the smoking ban in England. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. But can the net adaptation of this traditional game provide a lifeline, or might it never compare to its land based relative?

Bingo is an classic game normally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game recently had experienced a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger people deciding to visit the bingo parlours rather than the bars on a weekend. All this is about to be reversed with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law across United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke whilst marking off their numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public locations will not be allowed to permit smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most common locations where folks enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlours. Players have plummeted and the business is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Surely they have not given up on this familiar game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers know that they can bet on bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a beer and cig and still have a chance at big jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course wagering on on the web is unlikely to replace the social aspect of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of people the governing edicts have left a good many bingo players with little choice.

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