2 Feb 24

The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the current time, so you could imagine that there would be very little affinity for supporting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In reality, it appears to be working the other way, with the desperate economic circumstances leading to a higher eagerness to gamble, to attempt to locate a quick win, a way out of the situation.

For nearly all of the locals subsisting on the tiny local wages, there are 2 common forms of gaming, the state lotto and Zimbet. As with almost everywhere else on the planet, there is a state lotto where the probabilities of hitting are unbelievably tiny, but then the winnings are also extremely big. It’s been said by economists who understand the situation that most don’t buy a card with an actual expectation of profiting. Zimbet is founded on one of the local or the English football divisions and involves predicting the outcomes of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other foot, cater to the astonishingly rich of the state and sightseers. Up until recently, there was a considerably large vacationing business, centered on nature trips and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic collapse and connected violence have carved into this trade.

Among Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and one armed bandits, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has only slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slots. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the pair of which contain table games, slots and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the two of which has video poker machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the previously talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a pools system), there are also two horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd metropolis) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has shrunk by beyond 40% in recent years and with the associated poverty and bloodshed that has cropped up, it isn’t known how well the sightseeing industry which funds Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the near future. How many of the casinos will survive until conditions get better is merely not known.

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