13 Feb 23

[ English ]

The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the moment, so you could imagine that there might be very little affinity for visiting Zimbabwe’s casinos. In reality, it appears to be functioning the other way, with the desperate market conditions leading to a bigger eagerness to play, to attempt to locate a quick win, a way out of the situation.

For the majority of the locals living on the abysmal local money, there are two established types of wagering, the state lotto and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else on the globe, there is a state lottery where the chances of winning are surprisingly small, but then the winnings are also surprisingly large. It’s been said by market analysts who study the situation that the lion’s share don’t buy a ticket with an actual belief of hitting. Zimbet is based on one of the local or the UK soccer leagues and involves determining the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other hand, mollycoddle the very rich of the state and travelers. Up till not long ago, there was a extremely substantial tourist industry, founded on nature trips and visits to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and associated crime have carved into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has only slot machines. 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 have table games, slot machines and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which offer gaming machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens and the aforestated talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is considerably like a parimutuel betting system), there is a total of two horse racing tracks in the nation: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Since the market has contracted by beyond 40% in recent years and with the associated poverty and crime that has come to pass, it isn’t understood how well the tourist industry which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the in the years to come. How many of them will survive until things get better is simply unknown.

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