11 Dec 09

The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the moment, so you could envision that there would be little affinity for supporting Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. In reality, it seems to be operating the other way, with the desperate economic circumstances leading to a greater ambition to bet, to try and locate a fast win, a way out of the problems.

For many of the citizens surviving on the tiny nearby wages, there are two dominant types of gambling, the state lotto and Zimbet. Just as with practically everywhere else on the planet, there is a state lotto where the chances of succeeding are extremely small, but then the prizes are also extremely large. It’s been said by financial experts who study the situation that the majority don’t purchase a ticket with a real belief of hitting. Zimbet is centered on either the domestic or the British soccer divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, mollycoddle the astonishingly rich of the nation and sightseers. Up until not long ago, there was a very substantial tourist business, centered on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic woes and connected conflict have cut into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, 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 slots. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only slots. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the pair of which contain table games, slot machines and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the two of which offer slot machines and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforementioned alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are also two horse racing tracks in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has diminished by beyond 40% in the past few years and with the connected poverty and violence that has arisen, it is not known how well the sightseeing business which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the in the years to come. How many of them will carry on till things improve is merely not known.


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