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The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the moment, so you may think that there would be very little desire for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it seems to be operating the other way, with the desperate market conditions leading to a greater ambition to play, to attempt to find a quick win, a way from the difficulty.

For the majority of the people living on the meager local wages, there are 2 dominant types of gambling, the national lottery and Zimbet. Just as with most everywhere else on the globe, there is a state lotto where the odds of succeeding are extremely tiny, but then the prizes are also unbelievably big. It’s been said by financial experts who look at the idea that the majority don’t purchase a ticket with the rational assumption of hitting. Zimbet is based on either the national or the British soccer leagues and involves predicting the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other foot, mollycoddle the incredibly rich of the nation and vacationers. Until not long ago, there was a very big tourist business, built on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic woes and associated violence have cut into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and one armed bandits, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only 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 have table games, slots and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which offer gaming machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens and the previously alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is considerably like a parimutuel betting system), there is a total of 2 horse racing complexes in the nation: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has contracted by more than 40% in recent years and with the connected poverty and violence that has cropped up, it isn’t well-known how well the vacationing industry which is the foundation for Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the near future. How many of them will carry through until things improve is basically unknown.