An abundance has been reported in the press not long ago concerning the bingo industry singing the blues as a result of the anti cigarette law in the UK. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded huge aid to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the web variation of this classic game offer a reprieve, or will it in no way compare to its real life kin?

Bingo is an classic game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game recently had witnessed a recent return in popularity with younger men and women deciding to go to the bingo parlours instead of the bars on a Saturday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the anti smoking law all over Britain.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes while marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public areas will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favored places where folks like to smoke.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already not permitted in the bingo parlors. Numbers have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where have the players gone? Certainly they haven’t deserted this age old game?

The answer is on the internet. People know that they can gamble on bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and smoke and still have a chance at monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the net will never replace the social part of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of people the governing edicts have left many bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.