The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the moment, so you might think that there would be very little appetite for going to Zimbabwe’s casinos. In reality, it seems to be operating the other way, with the desperate economic circumstances creating a larger eagerness to wager, to try and find a quick win, a way out of the problems.
For almost all of the citizens subsisting on the abysmal local wages, there are 2 popular styles of wagering, the state lottery and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the globe, there is a state lottery where the chances of profiting are extremely low, but then the jackpots are also very large. It’s been said by market analysts who understand the idea that most do not purchase a card with a real assumption of hitting. Zimbet is based on either the local or the English football divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.
Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other shoe, cater to the astonishingly rich of the country and sightseers. Up till a short time ago, there was a considerably large sightseeing business, centered on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic woes and associated crime have cut into this market.
Among Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only slot machines. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which offer 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, both of which offer gaming machines and tables.
In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens and the above talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting system), there are a total of 2 horse racing tracks in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.
Since the economy has contracted by beyond forty percent in recent years and with the connected poverty and violence that has cropped up, it is not known how healthy the sightseeing industry which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the near future. How many of the casinos will be alive till conditions improve is merely not known.