23 Mar 24

The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the moment, so you could imagine that there would be very little appetite for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it appears to be operating the other way around, with the crucial economic circumstances leading to a larger eagerness to wager, to attempt to discover a quick win, a way from the situation.

For many of the locals surviving on the meager local money, there are two established types of betting, the state lotto and Zimbet. Just as with most everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lotto where the probabilities of succeeding are extremely tiny, but then the winnings are also remarkably large. It’s been said by economists who understand the subject that the lion’s share do not purchase a ticket with the rational assumption of profiting. Zimbet is founded on one of the national or the British soccer divisions and involves predicting the results of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other shoe, pamper the very rich of the nation and travelers. Up till not long ago, there was a considerably substantial tourist industry, built on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and associated conflict have cut into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, there are two 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 only slots. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the two of which have gaming tables, slot machines 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 has slot machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the aforestated alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a pools system), there is a total of 2 horse racing tracks in the nation: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd metropolis) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the market has diminished by more than forty percent in the past few years and with the connected deprivation and conflict that has resulted, it isn’t well-known how well the tourist business which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the near future. How many of them will still be around till conditions get better is merely unknown.

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