31 Mar 17

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the moment, so you could imagine that there might be little affinity for patronizing Zimbabwe’s casinos. In reality, it seems to be functioning the other way around, with the atrocious market circumstances creating a bigger ambition to wager, to attempt to discover a quick win, a way out of the problems.

For nearly all of the people surviving on the tiny nearby earnings, there are 2 common forms of gambling, the national lotto and Zimbet. Just as with most everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lotto where the probabilities of winning are remarkably small, but then the prizes are also extremely big. It’s been said by economists who understand the situation that the majority don’t purchase a card with the rational assumption of profiting. Zimbet is based on either the local or the British soccer leagues and involves determining the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other foot, look after the incredibly rich of the country and travelers. Up till not long ago, there was a exceptionally substantial tourist business, based on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and associated bloodshed have carved into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree gambling den, which has only slot machine games. 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, the two of which offer gaming tables, one armed bandits and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which offer video poker machines and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the above talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a pools system), there are a total of two horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has deflated by more than 40 percent in the past few years and with the associated poverty and crime that has resulted, it isn’t known how healthy the tourist industry which supports Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the in the years to come. How many of them will carry through till things get better is merely unknown.