24 Dec 09

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the current time, so you might imagine that there would be little affinity for visiting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it appears to be working the opposite way, with the awful market circumstances leading to a bigger desire to play, to attempt to locate a quick win, a way out of the problems.

For nearly all of the people living on the abysmal local earnings, there are two popular styles of wagering, the national lottery and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else in the world, there is a national lottery where the odds of succeeding are surprisingly tiny, but then the winnings are also remarkably large. It’s been said by financial experts who look at the idea that the lion’s share don’t buy a ticket with an actual assumption of winning. Zimbet is founded on either the local or the UK football leagues and involves predicting the outcomes of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other hand, pamper the astonishingly rich of the nation and tourists. Until recently, there was a incredibly large vacationing business, founded on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic collapse and associated crime have cut into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and slots, and the Plumtree gambling den, which has just the slots. 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, both of which have gaming tables, slots and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which have slot machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens and the previously alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is considerably like a pools system), there are a total of 2 horse racing tracks in the nation: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has shrunk by more than 40% in the past few years and with the connected poverty and violence that has come about, it isn’t well-known how healthy the tourist business which supports Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the next few years. How many of the casinos will still be around till things get better is simply unknown.

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