The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the current time, so you may envision that there would be very little desire for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it seems to be functioning the other way, with the desperate market conditions creating a larger desire to wager, to try and discover a quick win, a way out of the situation.
For many of the citizens subsisting on the meager local earnings, there are 2 dominant forms of betting, the state lotto and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else in the world, there is a state lotto where the chances of winning are remarkably small, but then the prizes are also remarkably large. It’s been said by financial experts who understand the subject that most do not buy a card with a real assumption of winning. Zimbet is centered on one of the local or the UK soccer leagues and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.
Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other hand, mollycoddle the considerably rich of the state and sightseers. Up until a short time ago, there was a considerably big sightseeing industry, founded on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and connected violence have cut into this trade.
Among 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 machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only slot machines. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the two of which have table games, one armed bandits and video machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, each of which has gaming machines and table games.
In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the aforementioned talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is considerably like a pools system), there are also two horse racing complexes in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.
Since the economy has deflated by beyond 40% in recent years and with the connected deprivation and bloodshed that has arisen, it isn’t known how healthy the vacationing industry which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the next few years. How many of the casinos will carry on till conditions get better is simply not known.