An abundance has been talked in the press recently about the bingo industry struggling as a result of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive aid to help keep the industry afloat. However does the net variation of this traditional game offer a escape, or will it never compare to its land based relative?

Bingo is an classic game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game of late had witnessed a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to visit the bingo parlours in place of the bars on a Saturday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the legislating of the anti cigarette law across UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke whilst marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most favorite places where folks enjoy smoking.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Players have plummeted and the industry is absolutely fighting for its life. But where have the players gone? Of course they have not abandoned this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realise that they can enjoy bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still have a chance at massive cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has happened just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing on the web is unlikely to replace the social part of going over to the bingo parlour, but for a group of men and women the law has left many bingo players with little option.