7 Dec 15

[ English ]

The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the moment, so you may envision that there might be little affinity for visiting Zimbabwe’s casinos. In fact, it seems to be operating the opposite way, with the atrocious market conditions leading to a higher eagerness to play, to try and locate a quick win, a way out of the situation.

For most of the locals living on the meager local wages, there are two established types of gambling, the national lotto and Zimbet. Just as with practically everywhere else in the world, there is a national lottery where the odds of succeeding are unbelievably low, but then the winnings are also very high. It’s been said by market analysts who look at the idea that the majority don’t buy a ticket with an actual belief of hitting. Zimbet is centered on one of the national or the UK football leagues and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other hand, cater to the very rich of the state and travelers. Up till a short while ago, there was a exceptionally big tourist business, based on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and associated conflict have carved into this trade.

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

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the above mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are a total of 2 horse racing complexes in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has contracted by more than 40 percent in recent years and with the associated poverty and conflict that has arisen, it isn’t understood how well the tourist industry which supports Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the next few years. How many of them will be alive until conditions get better is merely not known.

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