Zimbabwe gambling dens

Sunday, 29. November 2015

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the moment, so you might envision that there would be little affinity for going to Zimbabwe’s casinos. In fact, it seems to be operating the opposite way, with the desperate economic conditions leading to a bigger eagerness to bet, to try and discover a quick win, a way out of the situation.

For most of the locals living on the meager local money, there are two dominant styles of gaming, the national lottery and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the planet, there is a state lottery where the probabilities of hitting are extremely small, but then the prizes are also surprisingly big. It’s been said by financial experts who study the situation that many do not buy a card with an actual belief of hitting. Zimbet is based on either the national or the UK soccer divisions and involves determining the results of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other foot, cater to the extremely rich of the nation and travelers. Until a short while ago, there was a very big vacationing business, based on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic anxiety and connected violence have carved into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, 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 den, which has only slots. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slot machines. Mutare has 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, both of which has gaming machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforementioned alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is considerably like a pools system), there are also 2 horse racing complexes in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has shrunk by more than 40% in the past few years and with the connected deprivation and bloodshed that has come to pass, it isn’t well-known how healthy the tourist industry which supports Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the in the years to come. How many of the casinos will be alive till things get better is simply not known.

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