Might the Cigarette Ban in England Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

by Heath on November 6th, 2015

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An abundance has been written in the papers recently about the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in the UK. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge aid to help keep the businesses alive. But will the online variation of this quintessential game present a lifeline, or might it not compare to its bricks and mortar peer?

Bingo is an age old game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game lately had experienced a recent return in popularity with younger people opting to visit the bingo parlors rather than the clubs on a Saturday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the cigarette ban across Britain.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 all public locations will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common areas where players like to smoke.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the business is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Certainly they have not abandoned this familiar game?

The answer is on the net. People realise that they can enjoy bingo from their computer while enjoying a drink and smoke and still enjoy big cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course gambling on online will never replace the communal part of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of players the governing edicts have left a good many bingo players with little choice.

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