A lot has been talked in the press recently concerning the bingo industry singing the blues because of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge aid to help keep the businesses afloat. However can the web adaptation of this traditional game offer a escape, or will it in no way compare to its land based equivalent?

Bingo has been an classic game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game recently had undergone a recent resurgence in appeal with younger men and women deciding to hit the bingo halls instead of the clubs on a Saturday night. This is all about to change with the enacting of the anti cigarette law across United Kingdom.

No more will enthusiasts be allowed to puff on cigarettes whilst dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will not be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most popular locations where players enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo parlours. Players have plunged and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Certainly they have not abandoned this ancient game?

The answer is on the internet. Gamblers realize that they can wager on bingo in front of their computer while enjoying a beer and fag and still enjoy massive prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course gambling on on the internet is unlikely to replace the communal portion of going down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the law has left a number of bingo enthusiasts with no choice.