Might the Cigarette Ban in Britain Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

by Heath on August 12th, 2019

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An abundance has been talked in the papers recently regarding the bingo industry being hurt because of the anti smoking law in the United Kingdom. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. But can the web adaptation of this traditional game offer a reprieve, or will it in no way compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo has been an age old game usually enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had undergone a recent comeback in popularity with younger men and women opting to hit the bingo parlors rather than the clubs on a weekend. This is all about to change with the enforcement of the smoking ban all over UK.

No longer will gamblers be allowed to puff on cigarettes at the same time dabbing numbers. From the summer of ‘07 every public area will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most popular places where players like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo halls. Players have plunged and the business is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Of course they haven’t forgotten this established game?

The answer is online. Players realise that they can play bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and smoke and still have a chance at big cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on online is unlikely to replace the communal portion of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of people the governing edicts have left many bingo players with little choice.

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