[ English ]

An abundance has been stated in the papers just a while ago concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the cigarette ban in Britain. Things have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested huge aid to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. However can the internet adaptation of this traditional game offer a escape, or will it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo is an classic game normally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game lately had seen a recent comeback in appeal with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo halls rather than the clubs on a Saturday night. This is all about to change with the enacting of the smoking ban throughout United Kingdom.

No longer will enthusiasts be able to puff on cigarettes whilst dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 every public area will not be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common areas where many people like to smoke.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo halls. Profits have plummeted and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Certainly they have not deserted this age old game?

The answer is on the net. Players know that they can participate in bingo using their computer while enjoying a beer and cigarette and in the end, enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has happened just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing on the web could never replace the collective aspect of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the rules have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.