Could the Cigarette Ban in the United Kingdom Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

by Heath on June 14th, 2019

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Much has been talked in the papers not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a result of the smoking ban in Britain. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But does the internet version of this classic game offer a lifeline, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo is an age old game historically played by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game recently had undergone a recent comeback in popularity with younger members of society opting to visit the bingo halls rather than the clubs on a Saturday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the legislating of the cigarette ban across United Kingdom.

No more will players be allowed to smoke while marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favored places where many people like to smoke.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlours. Profits have dropped and the industry is literally fighting for its life. But where did the players go? Obviously they haven’t abandoned this familiar game?

The answer is online. Players know that they can play bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a drink and fag and in the end, enjoy massive cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on online can never replace the social portion of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the governing edicts have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.

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