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Zimbabwe Casinos

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The act of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the moment, so you may think that there might be little affinity for patronizing Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it appears to be operating the other way around, with the awful economic circumstances creating a bigger eagerness to gamble, to try and find a fast win, a way from the difficulty.

For nearly all of the citizens living on the tiny local wages, there are two established types of gaming, the state lotto and Zimbet. Just as with most everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lotto where the chances of succeeding are surprisingly small, but then the prizes are also extremely high. It’s been said by market analysts who look at the idea that most do not buy a card with an actual expectation of profiting. Zimbet is built on one of the national or the UK football divisions and involves determining the results of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other hand, mollycoddle the very rich of the state and vacationers. Until recently, there was a very big tourist business, founded on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The market anxiety and associated violence have cut into this trade.

Among 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 gambling den, which has just the slots. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slots. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the pair of which contain gaming tables, 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 offer video poker machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the previously talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting system), there are also two horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second metropolis) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the economy has deflated by more than 40 percent in recent years and with the associated poverty and violence that has come to pass, it isn’t known how healthy the tourist business which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the near future. How many of them will survive till conditions get better is simply unknown.