14 Sep 21

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the current time, so you could imagine that there would be little desire for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. In reality, it seems to be working the other way, with the atrocious economic circumstances creating a greater ambition to gamble, to try and find a fast win, a way out of the crisis.

For many of the people subsisting on the tiny local earnings, there are 2 established types of gaming, the state lotto and Zimbet. Just as with most everywhere else on the planet, there is a national lotto where the odds of succeeding are extremely tiny, but then the prizes are also extremely large. It’s been said by financial experts who look at the subject that many do not purchase a card with the rational expectation of hitting. Zimbet is founded on either the national or the UK soccer divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other shoe, look after the considerably rich of the country and travelers. Up until not long ago, there was a very large tourist business, built on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The market woes and connected conflict have carved into this market.

Amongst 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 just the slot machine games. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only slots. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which contain gaming tables, one armed bandits and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the two of which offer gaming machines and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens and the aforementioned alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are also two horse racing complexes in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the economy has diminished by beyond 40% in recent years and with the connected poverty and crime that has cropped up, it isn’t understood how healthy the tourist industry which is the foundation for Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the in the years to come. How many of the casinos will be alive until things get better is merely unknown.

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