Zimbabwe Casinos

by Nathaniel on September 16th, 2015

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the current time, so you might imagine that there might be very little desire for patronizing Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. In fact, it seems to be working the opposite way, with the crucial market conditions leading to a bigger eagerness to bet, to attempt to locate a fast win, a way out of the crisis.

For almost all of the locals subsisting on the tiny local wages, 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 odds of hitting are extremely small, but then the jackpots are also surprisingly big. It’s been said by economists who understand the situation that most don’t buy a ticket with an actual belief of winning. Zimbet is founded on one of the domestic or the UK football divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other hand, cater to the considerably rich of the country and sightseers. Up till recently, there was a very big tourist business, based on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The market woes and associated conflict have carved into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and slots, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has just the slots. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just one armed bandits. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the pair of which have gaming tables, one armed bandits and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, each of which has slot machines and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the aforestated mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is considerably like a pools system), there are a total of two horse racing complexes in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the economy has shrunk by more than 40% in recent years and with the associated poverty and conflict that has arisen, it isn’t well-known how well the vacationing business which supports Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the near future. How many of them will still be around until conditions get better is simply not known.

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