The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the moment, so you may imagine that there might be very little affinity for visiting Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it appears to be working the other way, with the atrocious economic conditions leading to a bigger desire to play, to try and find a fast win, a way from the difficulty.

For nearly all of the people surviving on the meager local money, there are 2 popular types of gaming, the state lottery and Zimbet. As with almost everywhere else on the globe, there is a state lottery where the odds of winning are extremely tiny, but then the prizes are also very high. It’s been said by market analysts who look at the concept that most don’t buy a card with the rational expectation of profiting. Zimbet is built on one of the domestic or the United Kingston football leagues and involves predicting the results of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other shoe, pamper the incredibly rich of the society and tourists. Up until recently, there was a incredibly big vacationing industry, based on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and connected conflict have cut into this trade.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree gambling den, 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, both of which have gaming tables, slot machines 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 blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforementioned mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a pools system), there are also two horse racing complexes in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Since the economy has deflated by beyond 40% in the past few years and with the associated deprivation and bloodshed that has come to pass, it isn’t understood how healthy the vacationing industry which funds Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the next few years. How many of them will survive until things get better is basically not known.