Could the Smoking Ban in the UK Drive Bingo Players On to the Internet?


Posted by Jace | Posted in Bingo | Posted on 07-09-2015

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An abundance has been talked in the press just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. But does the internet version of this traditional game provide a reprieve, or might it in no way compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo is an classic game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had experienced a recent comeback in popularity with younger men and women deciding to visit the bingo halls instead of the bars on a weekend. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the smoking ban around England and Wales.

No more will enthusiasts be allowed to smoke at the same time marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public location will not be allowed to permit smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favored places where people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo parlours. Profits have plunged and the business is literally fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they haven’t deserted this enduring game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers realise that they can play bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still enjoy massive prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course playing on the web could never replace the communal portion of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of men and women the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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