Could the Cigarette Ban in England Take Bingo Enthusiasts Online?

by Heath on September 16th, 2019

A lot has been reported in the press not long ago concerning the bingo industry singing the blues because of the anti cigarette law in England. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge aid to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. However can the internet variation of this classic game provide a escape, or might it never compare to its land based peer?

Bingo is an age old game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game of late had experienced a recent comeback in acceptance with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlors instead of the discos on a weekend. This is all about to be reversed with the introduction of the smoking ban across United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes while marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public place will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most favored locations where players like to smoke.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plummeted and the business is absolutely fighting for its life. But where did all the players go? Of course they have not given up on this familiar game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realize that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a beverage and cig and still have a chance at huge jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing online will never replace the social part of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of people the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo players with little alternative.

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