28 Oct 15

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the moment, so you could imagine that there would be very little desire for visiting Zimbabwe’s casinos. Actually, it seems to be operating the other way around, with the atrocious market conditions leading to a higher desire to bet, to try and locate a quick win, a way out of the crisis.

For most of the locals surviving on the meager local wages, there are two established forms of wagering, the state lottery and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the planet, there is a national lottery where the chances of succeeding are surprisingly small, but then the jackpots are also surprisingly high. It’s been said by economists who study the situation that the lion’s share do not buy a card with a real assumption of profiting. Zimbet is founded on either the local or the English football leagues and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other hand, look after the exceedingly rich of the nation and travelers. Until not long ago, there was a exceptionally substantial sightseeing business, centered on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic anxiety and connected bloodshed have cut into this trade.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slots, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has only slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slot machines. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which offer table games, slot machines and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the two of which have video poker machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the aforestated talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting system), there is a total of two horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd metropolis) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the economy has shrunk by beyond 40 percent in recent years and with the connected poverty and bloodshed that has come about, it isn’t known how well the sightseeing industry which funds Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the in the years to come. How many of the casinos will be alive until conditions get better is merely not known.

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