The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the current time, so you might think that there might be little appetite for visiting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. Actually, it appears to be functioning the opposite way, with the atrocious market conditions creating a greater eagerness to play, to try and find a fast win, a way out of the situation.
For almost all of the locals subsisting on the meager local money, there are two dominant styles of gaming, the state lotto and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else in the world, there is a national lotto where the chances of hitting are unbelievably small, but then the prizes are also very large. It’s been said by market analysts who study the subject that most do not purchase a ticket with an actual belief of profiting. Zimbet is based on one of the domestic or the English football leagues and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.
Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other hand, look after the incredibly rich of the state and vacationers. Up until recently, there was a incredibly large sightseeing industry, based on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic anxiety and associated bloodshed have cut into this trade.
Among Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has only slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slots. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which have table games, slots and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the pair of which offer slot machines and table games.
In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the previously alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting system), there are a total of two horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.
Given that the economy has diminished by more than forty percent in recent years and with the associated poverty and violence that has cropped up, it is not well-known how healthy the vacationing business which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the next few years. How many of the casinos will carry through till conditions get better is merely unknown.