9 Feb 16

The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the current time, so you may envision that there might be very little affinity for visiting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In reality, it seems to be working the opposite way around, with the critical economic conditions leading to a greater ambition to play, to try and find a quick win, a way out of the difficulty.

For most of the locals surviving on the abysmal local wages, there are two popular styles of betting, the state lottery and Zimbet. Just as with almost everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lottery where the probabilities of hitting are remarkably small, but then the winnings are also unbelievably high. It’s been said by economists who understand the concept that the majority do not buy a ticket with an actual assumption of hitting. Zimbet is founded on one of the national or the British football leagues and involves predicting the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other hand, look after the extremely rich of the state and tourists. Up until a short time ago, there was a considerably large sightseeing business, centered on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic collapse and associated bloodshed have cut into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slots, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has just the slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slot machines. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the two of which contain gaming tables, slots and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the two of which offer slot machines and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

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

Given that the market has shrunk by more than forty percent in recent years and with the associated deprivation and bloodshed that has arisen, it is not known how healthy the vacationing business which supports Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the in the years to come. How many of the casinos will still be around until conditions get better is simply unknown.

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