An abundance has been reported in the papers not long ago concerning the bingo industry singing the blues as a result of the cigarette ban in the United Kingdom. Conditions have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big tax cuts to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. But will the net adaptation of this traditional game present a salvation, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo is an classic game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game lately had seen a recent increase in acceptance with younger members of society deciding to hit the bingo halls in place of the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law all over United Kingdom.

No more will gamblers be permitted to smoke while marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 every public location will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favored areas where folks enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the industry is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Obviously they haven’t abandoned this enduring game?

The answer is on the net. People are now realizing that they can wager on bingo from their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and in the end, have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing online can never replace the social part of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of players the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.