4 Nov 15

[ English ]

The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the moment, so you might imagine that there might be very little desire for visiting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it seems to be working the opposite way around, with the crucial economic circumstances leading to a bigger ambition to gamble, to attempt to locate a fast win, a way out of the problems.

For the majority of the people living on the meager local wages, there are two common types of betting, the national lotto and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the globe, there is a state lotto where the probabilities of hitting are remarkably low, but then the winnings are also surprisingly high. It’s been said by market analysts who study the subject that the majority do not buy a card with the rational assumption of profiting. Zimbet is founded on either the domestic or the British football divisions and involves predicting the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other foot, pander to the exceedingly rich of the state and sightseers. Up until a short time ago, there was a exceptionally large sightseeing business, founded on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The market anxiety and associated crime have carved into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and one armed bandits, and the Plumtree gambling hall, 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, the two of which offer table games, slots and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, each of which offer gaming machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens and the aforestated alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are also 2 horse racing tracks in the nation: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has contracted by more than forty percent in the past few years and with the associated deprivation and conflict that has come about, it isn’t understood how well the tourist business which supports Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the near future. How many of them will survive until conditions get better is merely not known.

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