Much has been stated in the press recently regarding the bingo industry struggling because of the smoking ban in England. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge aid to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. But can the web variation of this traditional game present a salvation, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo is an established game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game recently had witnessed a recent resurgence in appeal with younger men and women deciding to hit the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a weekend. This is all about to be destroyed with the introduction of the cigarette ban around England and Wales.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most common locations where many people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo parlours. Profits have plunged and the industry is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Of course they haven’t forgotten this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. Players are now realizing that they can play bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cig and in the end, enjoy monstrous jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course gambling on on the web is unlikely to replace the collective portion of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of men and women the rules have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with little choice.