29 Sep 17

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the moment, so you may envision that there would be very little affinity for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In reality, it seems to be working the opposite way, with the critical market circumstances leading to a greater eagerness to bet, to try and find a quick win, a way out of the crisis.

For most of the people surviving on the abysmal nearby wages, there are two dominant styles of gambling, the national lotto and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the globe, there is a state lottery where the chances of hitting are extremely low, but then the jackpots are also extremely high. It’s been said by market analysts who look at the idea that the majority don’t buy a ticket with the rational assumption of hitting. Zimbet is built on either the national or the British soccer leagues and involves determining the results of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other hand, cater to the exceedingly rich of the country and sightseers. Up till not long ago, there was a extremely substantial sightseeing business, built on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The market anxiety and connected violence have carved into this trade.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, 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 hall, which has just the slots. 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, the pair of which contain gaming tables, one armed bandits and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the pair of which have video poker machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the above alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting system), there is a total of 2 horse racing tracks in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Since the economy has deflated by more than 40 percent in the past few years and with the associated deprivation and crime that has cropped up, it isn’t known how well the sightseeing industry which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the near future. How many of them will carry through till things improve is simply not known.

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