Zimbabwe gambling dens

Monday, 4. April 2016

[ English ]

The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the moment, so you may envision that there would be very little affinity for supporting Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it seems to be working the other way, with the desperate economic circumstances leading to a larger ambition to gamble, to try and locate a quick win, a way out of the crisis.

For many of the people subsisting on the meager nearby wages, there are two popular types of betting, the national lotto and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the planet, there is a state lottery where the odds of winning are remarkably low, but then the winnings are also surprisingly large. It’s been said by market analysts who study the idea that many don’t purchase a card with the rational expectation of profiting. Zimbet is centered on one of the national or the UK soccer leagues and involves predicting the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, pander to the exceedingly rich of the society and vacationers. Up till recently, there was a very big sightseeing industry, built on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The market anxiety and associated violence have carved into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five 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 slots. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which contain table games, slots and video 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 blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforestated talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are a total of 2 horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd metropolis) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the economy has contracted by more than 40% in recent years and with the associated deprivation and conflict that has resulted, it isn’t understood how well the sightseeing industry which funds Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the near future. How many of them will still be around until things improve is simply not known.

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