18 Jan 08

[ English ]

The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the current time, so you may imagine that there might be very little desire for supporting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. Actually, it seems to be functioning the opposite way, with the crucial market conditions leading to a higher ambition to wager, to attempt to locate a quick win, a way from the problems.

For many of the citizens surviving on the tiny nearby money, there are 2 dominant styles of gaming, the national lotto and Zimbet. Just as with most everywhere else in the world, there is a national lottery where the probabilities of profiting are unbelievably low, but then the prizes are also surprisingly high. It’s been said by financial experts who study the concept that most don’t purchase a ticket with a real belief of winning. Zimbet is built on one of the local or the English soccer divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future games.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other hand, pander to the very rich of the state and tourists. Up till not long ago, there was a very large tourist industry, based on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic collapse and connected conflict have cut into this trade.

Among Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only slot machine games. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only one armed bandits. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which have gaming tables, slot machines and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the two of which have video poker machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforementioned alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are also two horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has shrunk by beyond 40 percent in recent years and with the connected poverty and violence that has come to pass, it is not understood how healthy the vacationing industry which funds Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the in the years to come. How many of the casinos will still be around till conditions get better is simply not known.