The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the moment, so you might think that there would be very little affinity for supporting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it seems to be functioning the opposite way, with the atrocious market circumstances leading to a bigger desire to bet, to try and find a fast win, a way out of the difficulty.

For many of the locals living on the meager nearby earnings, there are two dominant forms of gaming, the national lotto and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lotto where the odds of winning are unbelievably low, but then the jackpots are also extremely large. It’s been said by financial experts who study the idea that many do not buy a ticket with the rational assumption of winning. Zimbet is founded on one of the national or the UK football leagues and involves determining the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other shoe, cater to the exceedingly rich of the country and travelers. Until a short time ago, there was a considerably large sightseeing business, founded on nature trips and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic collapse and associated bloodshed have cut into this trade.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree Casino, which has just the slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only one armed bandits. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the pair of which have gaming tables, slots and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the two of which have slot machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the above mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is considerably like a pools system), there are also two horse racing complexes in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second metropolis) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the economy has shrunk by beyond 40% in recent years and with the connected deprivation and crime that has resulted, it is not understood how well the sightseeing business which supports Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the next few years. How many of them will carry through till things improve is basically unknown.