An abundance has been talked in the papers not long ago about the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded huge aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the net version of this classic game offer a escape, or might it not compare to its land based opposite?

Bingo has been an age old game historically played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game recently had undergone a recent return in appeal with younger men and women deciding to hit the bingo parlors instead of the bars on a Saturday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the smoking ban across UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke at the same time marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public places will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most popular locations where many people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo halls. Numbers have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Of course they have not forgotten this classic game?

The answer is on the web. People realize that they can wager on bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and smoke and in the end, have a chance at massive prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing on the web is unlikely to replace the social aspect of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the rules have left a good many bingo players with no choice.