Might the Anti Smoking Law in the United Kingdom Take Bingo Players On to the Internet?


Posted by Jace | Posted in Bingo | Posted on 31-10-2015

Much has been talked in the press recently regarding the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the smoking ban in England. Things have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big aid to help keep the businesses alive. But can the web variation of this quintessential game offer a reprieve, or will it not compare to its land based relative?

Bingo has been an familiar game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game recently had seen a recent increase in appeal with younger members of society deciding to visit the bingo parlors rather than the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to change with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law around UK.

Players will no longer be allowed to puff on cigarettes while marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public areas will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favorite places where folks like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plunged and the industry is absolutely struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Surely they haven’t given up on this classic game?

The answer is on the internet. People realise that they can wager on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and cig and still have a chance at monstrous jackpots. This is a recent development and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the anti smoking law.

Of course betting on on the internet is unlikely to replace the communal portion of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of people the law has left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.

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