Could the Smoking Ban in England Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?


Posted by Jace | Posted in Bingo | Posted on 09-08-2019

An abundance has been reported in the press recently concerning the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the smoking ban in the United Kingdom. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for big tax cuts to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However will the net version of this classic game present a escape, or might it not compare to its land based relative?

Bingo has been an age old game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game lately had seen a recent return in popularity with younger people opting to visit the bingo parlours rather than the clubs on a Saturday night. All this is about to be reversed with the introduction of the anti smoking law across Britain.

Players will no longer be able to smoke whilst dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favorite locations where folks like to smoke.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Surely they haven’t given up on this age old game?

The answer is on the internet. People realise that they can participate in bingo from their computer while enjoying a beer and smoke and in the end, have a chance at massive jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course gambling on on the internet is unlikely to replace the social aspect of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the rules have left a lot of bingo players with little option.

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