Zimbabwe gambling halls

Wednesday, 9. December 2009

[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the moment, so you could imagine that there might be little affinity for visiting Zimbabwe’s casinos. In reality, it appears to be operating the opposite way, with the atrocious economic circumstances creating a greater eagerness to play, to attempt to discover a fast win, a way from the crisis.

For many of the citizens surviving on the abysmal local earnings, there are 2 common forms of wagering, the national lotto and Zimbet. Just as with practically everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lottery where the chances of succeeding are unbelievably tiny, but then the jackpots are also very high. It’s been said by economists who understand the subject that the lion’s share don’t buy a card with an actual assumption of winning. Zimbet is centered on one of the domestic or the UK soccer divisions and involves predicting the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other foot, cater to the incredibly rich of the country and vacationers. Up till recently, there was a extremely big vacationing industry, built on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The market woes and connected conflict have cut into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 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 only slots. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the two of which have gaming tables, one armed bandits and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the pair of which has gaming machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens and the aforestated mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are also 2 horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second metropolis) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has contracted by beyond 40% in recent years and with the connected poverty and violence that has arisen, it isn’t understood how healthy the sightseeing industry which funds Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the near future. How many of the casinos will be alive until things get better is merely not known.

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