The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the moment, so you could imagine that there might be little desire for supporting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. Actually, it appears to be operating the other way around, with the awful market circumstances creating a larger ambition to bet, to attempt to find a quick win, a way from the crisis.
For most of the people living on the meager local wages, there are two common types of betting, the national lottery and Zimbet. As with almost everywhere else on the planet, there is a state lottery where the chances of profiting are remarkably small, but then the winnings are also extremely high. It’s been said by financial experts who understand the subject that many do not purchase a ticket with the rational assumption of hitting. Zimbet is founded on either the national or the United Kingston soccer divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future games.
Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other shoe, look after the considerably rich of the state and travelers. Up till not long ago, there was a very large sightseeing business, founded on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The market woes and associated bloodshed have cut into this trade.
Among Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and one armed bandits, and the Plumtree gambling den, which has just the slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only slots. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the two of which offer gaming tables, slots and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which have video poker machines and table games.
In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens and the previously talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is quite 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.
Since the market has contracted by more than 40% in recent years and with the associated poverty and crime that has come to pass, it isn’t understood how well the sightseeing business which supports Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the next few years. How many of the casinos will carry through until conditions get better is simply unknown.