Zimbabwe Casinos

Friday, 3. February 2023

The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the current time, so you may think that there might be little appetite for going to Zimbabwe’s casinos. Actually, it seems to be functioning the opposite way around, with the awful economic circumstances leading to a bigger ambition to play, to attempt to locate a quick win, a way out of the crisis.

For almost all of the citizens living on the meager local money, there are 2 popular types of betting, the national lottery and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else in the world, there is a state lotto where the probabilities of succeeding are extremely low, but then the prizes are also very big. It’s been said by financial experts who look at the concept that many do not purchase a ticket with an actual assumption of profiting. Zimbet is built on one of the local or the British soccer leagues and involves predicting the outcomes of future games.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other hand, cater to the incredibly rich of the state and tourists. Up till not long ago, there was a very large sightseeing industry, built on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic collapse and connected violence have cut into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree Casino, which has just the slot machine games. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only slot machines. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the two of which have table games, slots and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the pair of which has video poker machines and table games.

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

Given that the economy has deflated by more than 40% in recent years and with the associated deprivation and violence that has come to pass, it isn’t understood how well the vacationing industry which is the foundation for Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the next few years. How many of the casinos will carry through till conditions improve is basically not known.

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