Zimbabwe Casinos
February 17th, 2007 by Kirsten
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The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the moment, so you could imagine that there would be little desire for going to Zimbabwe’s casinos. Actually, it appears to be working the other way, with the desperate economic conditions creating a greater eagerness to gamble, to attempt to locate a fast win, a way from the problems.

For many of the locals surviving on the meager local wages, there are 2 dominant types of betting, the national lottery and Zimbet. As with almost everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lotto where the chances of winning are unbelievably tiny, but then the winnings are also unbelievably large. It’s been said by economists who understand the situation that the lion’s share do not purchase a card with a real assumption of hitting. Zimbet is founded on either the national or the British soccer leagues and involves predicting the results of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other shoe, cater to the exceedingly rich of the society and travelers. Up till not long ago, there was a extremely substantial tourist industry, centered on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The market anxiety and associated conflict have cut into this trade.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has just the slots. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Centre in Kariba also has just one armed bandits. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which contain table games, slots and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which has video poker machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the above mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting system), there is a total of two horse racing complexs in the nation: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has diminished by more than 40%in recent years and with the connected poverty and crime that has cropped up, it isn’t understood how healthy the vacationing industry which is the foundation for Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the next few years. How many of them will be alive until things improve is merely not known.

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