Will the Anti Smoking Law in the UK Force Bingo Enthusiasts Online?

Much has been stated in the papers recently about the bingo industry being hit as a result of the cigarette ban in England. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive aid to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the online variation of this traditional game present a salvation, or will it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar equivalent?

Bingo has been an age old game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had undergone a recent return in appeal with younger people deciding to hit the bingo parlors rather than the clubs on a Saturday night. All this is about to be reversed with the introduction of the smoking ban across United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke whilst dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most common places where many people like to smoke.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlors. Numbers have dropped and the industry is literally struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Certainly they haven’t deserted this enduring game?

The answer is online. Players realize that they can wager on bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and fag and still have a chance at big cash rewards. This is a recent development and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing on the web is unlikely to replace the social portion of heading down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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