Will the Anti Cigarette Law in the UK Take Bingo Players On to the Web?

by Heath on October 1st, 2015

A lot has been reported in the press just a while ago regarding the bingo industry struggling because of the smoking ban in England. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded huge aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But does the web variation of this traditional game provide a salvation, or will it never compare to its land based equivalent?

Bingo has been an enduring game normally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game lately had undergone a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger people opting to go to the bingo halls instead of the discos on a weekend. All this is about to be destroyed with the enforcement of the anti smoking law all over England and Wales.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke whilst marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 every public place will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most popular locations where many people enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti cigarette law can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo parlours. Profits have dropped and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t abandoned this classic game?

The answer is online. Gamblers know that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a drink and fag and still enjoy monstrous prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course gambling on online will never replace the communal part of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with little option.

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