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The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the current time, so you might think that there would be very little desire for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it appears to be operating the opposite way, with the crucial market conditions creating a greater desire to wager, to try and locate a quick win, a way from the crisis.

For the majority of the citizens surviving on the tiny local earnings, there are 2 established forms of betting, the national lotto and Zimbet. As with almost everywhere else on the planet, there is a national lottery where the probabilities of winning are extremely low, but then the winnings are also surprisingly large. It’s been said by market analysts who study the idea that the majority do not purchase a card with a real belief of winning. Zimbet is founded on one of the local or the English football leagues and involves predicting the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other shoe, pamper the very rich of the country and travelers. Until a short while ago, there was a considerably substantial tourist industry, built on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic collapse and associated violence have cut into this trade.

Amongst 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 only slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only slot machines. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the two of which offer gaming tables, slot machines and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which has gaming machines and tables.

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

Seeing as that the economy has shrunk by beyond forty percent in recent years and with the connected poverty and crime that has arisen, it isn’t well-known how well the sightseeing industry which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the in the years to come. How many of the casinos will carry through until conditions get better is simply unknown.