Might the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?


Posted by Jace | Posted in Bingo | Posted on 10-09-2021

An abundance has been talked in the press not long ago concerning the bingo industry struggling because of the smoking ban in Britain. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge aid to help keep the industry alive. But will the internet version of this quintessential game provide a salvation, or might it not compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo has been an ancient game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game lately had experienced a recent increase in appeal with younger people deciding to go to the bingo parlors instead of the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to be reversed with the enforcement of the smoking ban all over UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public location will not be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most common areas where players like to smoke.

The results of the anti smoking law can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo halls. Players have plunged and the business is literally struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Of course they have not cast aside this classic game?

The answer is on the net. People realize that they can wager on bingo using their computer while enjoying a drink and smoke and in the end, have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course playing on the internet can never replace the collective part of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of men and women the rules have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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