An abundance has been reported in the papers not long ago about the bingo industry singing the blues because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge aid to assist in keeping the businesses alive. However can the web variation of this traditional game offer a salvation, or might it never compare to its real life kin?

Bingo is an classic game normally played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game lately had undergone a recent comeback in popularity with younger men and women deciding to go to the bingo parlors instead of the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to be reversed with the introduction of the anti smoking law throughout UK.

No longer will enthusiasts be able to puff on cigarettes while dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 every public place will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favorite places where people like to smoke.

The outcome of the smoking ban can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo halls. Profits have plummeted and the business is absolutely struggling for its life. But where did the players go? Obviously they haven’t deserted this classic game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realise that they can enjoy bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and in the end, enjoy massive prizes. This is a recent development and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course wagering on on the net is unlikely to replace the communal part of heading over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of men and women the law has left a lot of bingo players with little alternative.