29 Mar 16

The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the current time, so you could imagine that there would be very little affinity for visiting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. Actually, it seems to be working the opposite way around, with the desperate market conditions creating a larger desire to gamble, to attempt to locate a fast win, a way from the situation.

For most of the locals living on the meager nearby money, there are two popular forms of wagering, the state lotto and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else on the planet, there is a state lottery where the odds of succeeding are remarkably tiny, but then the jackpots are also very big. It’s been said by economists who look at the concept that most don’t buy a card with a real belief of winning. Zimbet is built on either the domestic or the British soccer divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, look after the extremely rich of the nation and vacationers. Up until not long ago, there was a considerably large tourist industry, founded on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic anxiety and connected conflict have cut into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, 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 just the slots. 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 pair of which contain gaming tables, one armed bandits and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which have slot machines and tables.

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

Given that the market has shrunk by beyond 40 percent in the past few years and with the associated poverty and crime that has arisen, it is not known how well the sightseeing business which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the next few years. How many of them will survive until things get better is merely unknown.

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