Might the Smoking Ban in England Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

by Heath on December 22nd, 2016

[ English ]

Much has been reported in the papers just a while ago concerning the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the cigarette ban in England. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for massive aid to assist in keeping the industry alive. But will the net version of this quintessential game provide a salvation, or might it in no way compare to its real life equivalent?

Bingo has been an familiar game normally played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had seen a recent comeback in popularity with younger people opting to hit the bingo parlours rather than the bars on a weekend. This is all about to be reversed with the legislating of the smoking ban all over England and Wales.

No more will players be allowed to smoke whilst marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public location will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most popular locations where folks like to smoke.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the business is literally fighting for its life. But where did the players go? Obviously they haven’t cast aside this enduring game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers realize that they can bet on bingo from their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still enjoy big prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course gambling on online is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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