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The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the current time, so you could imagine that there might be very little appetite for visiting Zimbabwe’s casinos. Actually, it appears to be functioning the opposite way, with the critical market circumstances leading to a higher eagerness to play, to try and find a quick win, a way out of the problems.

For nearly all of the citizens surviving on the tiny local money, there are two common forms of gaming, the state lottery and Zimbet. As with almost everywhere else on the planet, there is a state lottery where the odds of hitting are extremely small, but then the winnings are also surprisingly big. It’s been said by financial experts who study the subject that the lion’s share don’t purchase a ticket with the rational assumption of profiting. Zimbet is founded on either the national or the British football divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, cater to the incredibly rich of the nation and travelers. Up until a short while ago, there was a very big vacationing industry, based on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and associated crime have carved into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, there are two 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 just slots. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the pair of which have table games, one armed bandits and video machines, and Victoria Falls has 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 gambling halls and the aforestated mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is considerably like a parimutuel betting system), there is a total of 2 horse racing complexes in the nation: 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% in the past few years and with the connected poverty and crime that has arisen, it isn’t well-known how healthy the sightseeing industry which supports Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the next few years. How many of them will carry through until conditions improve is basically unknown.