The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the current time, so you may think that there would be little desire for patronizing Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. In reality, it seems to be operating the opposite way around, with the desperate economic conditions leading to a larger eagerness to play, to attempt to locate a quick win, a way from the difficulty.

For the majority of the citizens subsisting on the meager local earnings, there are two popular types of gaming, the state lottery and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else on the planet, there is a national lotto where the odds of succeeding are surprisingly low, but then the winnings are also surprisingly large. It’s been said by financial experts who understand the concept that most don’t purchase a ticket with an actual expectation of hitting. Zimbet is based on either the local or the United Kingston football divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future games.

Zimbabwe’s casinos, on the other hand, cater to the astonishingly rich of the country and sightseers. Until recently, there was a extremely large sightseeing business, based on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic woes and connected 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 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 pair of which have table games, one armed bandits and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, each of which offer video poker machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the previously alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a parimutuel betting system), there are a total of two horse racing complexes in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has contracted by beyond 40 percent in the past few years and with the connected deprivation and bloodshed that has come about, it is not understood how healthy the vacationing industry which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the near future. How many of them will carry on until things get better is simply not known.