[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the moment, so you may think that there might be little affinity for patronizing Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it seems to be working the opposite way, with the critical market conditions leading to a bigger ambition to wager, to try and find a quick win, a way from the problems.

For almost all of the locals subsisting on the tiny nearby money, there are two popular forms of betting, the national lottery and Zimbet. Just as with most everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lotto where the odds of hitting are surprisingly low, but then the jackpots are also extremely large. It’s been said by market analysts who study the concept that many do not purchase a ticket with an actual assumption of winning. Zimbet is founded on one of the national or the English soccer leagues and involves predicting the results of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, mollycoddle the considerably rich of the nation and vacationers. Up till a short time ago, there was a extremely large tourist industry, built on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic anxiety and associated bloodshed have cut into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only slots. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slot machines. 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 machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which offer slot machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the aforestated talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a pools system), there is a total of two horse racing complexes in the nation: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Since the economy has diminished by beyond forty percent in recent years and with the associated poverty and violence that has come to pass, it isn’t known how well the tourist business which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the near future. How many of them will carry on till things get better is merely not known.