17 Mar 19

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the current time, so you might envision that there would be little affinity for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it seems to be functioning the other way, with the desperate economic conditions creating a bigger desire to wager, to attempt to find a fast win, a way out of the crisis.

For nearly all of the citizens subsisting on the tiny local money, there are 2 common types of wagering, the national lotto and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the planet, there is a national lottery where the probabilities of succeeding are unbelievably low, but then the winnings are also extremely large. It’s been said by financial experts who look at the idea that the majority do not buy a ticket with an actual assumption of hitting. Zimbet is built on one of the domestic or the UK soccer divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other shoe, look after the considerably rich of the society and travelers. Up until not long ago, there was a considerably substantial vacationing industry, based on nature trips and visits to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and connected bloodshed have carved into this trade.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, 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 Casino, which has only slot machine games. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slot machines. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the two of which contain gaming tables, slot machines and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the pair of which offer slot machines and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the previously alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting system), there are a total of two horse racing complexes in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the economy has shrunk by more than 40% in the past few years and with the associated deprivation and conflict that has cropped up, it isn’t understood how healthy the sightseeing industry which funds Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the near future. How many of them will survive until things improve is simply not known.

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