An abundance has been reported in the papers recently regarding the bingo industry singing the blues as a consequence of the cigarette ban in England. Things have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for big aid to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. However can the web adaptation of this quintessential game present a escape, or might it in no way compare to its land based kin?

Bingo is an classic game historically played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had seen a recent resurgence in appeal with younger men and women deciding to visit the bingo parlors rather than the bars on a Saturday night. This is all about to be reversed with the legislating of the cigarette ban around England and Wales.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke while marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favored places where players like to puff on cigarettes.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already banned in the bingo parlors. Players have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where did all the players go? Certainly they haven’t given up on this established game?

The answer is on the net. Players are now realizing that they can wager on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a beer and cig and in the end, enjoy big jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on on the web is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of men and women the law has left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with little choice.