The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the current time, so you might think that there would be little affinity for visiting Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it seems to be functioning the opposite way, with the critical market conditions leading to a bigger eagerness to wager, to try and discover a quick win, a way out of the situation.
For the majority of the citizens subsisting on the abysmal local earnings, there are two popular types of gaming, the state lotto and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the planet, there is a national lotto where the chances of succeeding are unbelievably tiny, but then the jackpots are also remarkably big. It’s been said by economists who study the concept that the lion’s share do not purchase a ticket with an actual belief of winning. Zimbet is built on one of the local or the UK soccer leagues and involves predicting the outcomes of future matches.
Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other shoe, pander to the extremely rich of the society and tourists. Until not long ago, there was a very substantial vacationing business, based on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The market anxiety and connected bloodshed have cut into this market.
Amongst Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and one armed bandits, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only slot machine games. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just one armed bandits. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the pair of which offer gaming tables, slots and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which offer video poker machines and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.
In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the above talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a parimutuel betting system), there is a total of 2 horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.
Seeing as that the economy has shrunk by beyond forty percent in recent years and with the connected deprivation and conflict that has arisen, it is not understood how well the sightseeing business which supports Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the near future. How many of them will carry through until conditions improve is merely not known.