16 Nov 09

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the moment, so you may imagine that there would be very little appetite for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it appears to be functioning the other way around, with the awful economic conditions leading to a higher eagerness to bet, to attempt to discover a fast win, a way from the situation.

For almost all of the people living on the meager local money, there are two established styles of gaming, the state lotto and Zimbet. Just as with practically everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lotto where the odds of succeeding are extremely tiny, but then the prizes are also extremely big. It’s been said by market analysts who study the concept that the majority do not buy a card with the rational expectation of profiting. Zimbet is founded on either the local or the English soccer leagues and involves predicting the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, mollycoddle the incredibly rich of the country and tourists. Up until recently, there was a considerably big vacationing industry, based on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and connected bloodshed have cut into this trade.

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

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforestated mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a parimutuel betting system), there are also 2 horse racing tracks in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has shrunk by beyond forty percent in recent years and with the associated deprivation and conflict that has come to pass, it is not well-known how well the vacationing business which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the in the years to come. How many of them will carry through until things get better is simply not known.

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