An abundance has been stated in the press recently concerning the bingo industry being hit because of the smoking ban in Britain. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big aid to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. But will the online variation of this traditional game present a escape, or will it in no way compare to its land based relative?

Bingo has been an age old game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had undergone a recent comeback in acceptance with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo parlours in place of the clubs on a weekend. This is all about to change with the enforcement of the anti smoking law around UK.

No more will players be allowed to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public area will not be allowed to permit smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored places where people like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlours. Players have plummeted and the business is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Obviously they have not deserted this ancient game?

The answer is on the internet. Gamblers are now realizing that they can bet on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and smoke and still enjoy big jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the web will never replace the social part of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left a number of bingo players with little alternative.