A lot has been reported in the papers just a while ago about the bingo industry singing the blues as a result of the anti cigarette law in the UK. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive tax cuts to assist in keeping the industry alive. But can the online variation of this quintessential game present a escape, or will it in no way compare to its real life peer?

Bingo is an age old game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game recently had experienced a recent increase in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to hit the bingo parlors instead of the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the legislating of the anti smoking law around United Kingdom.

No longer will enthusiasts be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst dabbing numbers. From the summer of ‘07 every public place will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored places where players like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlours. Profits have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Certainly they have not abandoned this enduring game?

The answer is online. Players are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo from their computer while enjoying a drink and cigarette and in the end, enjoy massive prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing on the web will never replace the collective part of going over to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with little choice.