[ English ]

The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the moment, so you might imagine that there might be little appetite for patronizing Zimbabwe’s casinos. In fact, it appears to be operating the opposite way around, with the awful economic circumstances leading to a larger eagerness to gamble, to try and locate a quick win, a way from the problems.

For the majority of the people surviving on the meager nearby wages, there are two established styles of betting, the state lotto and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the planet, there is a national lotto where the probabilities of profiting are remarkably small, but then the prizes are also very large. It’s been said by market analysts who look at the idea that the lion’s share don’t buy a ticket with a real assumption of profiting. Zimbet is founded on one of the local or the British football divisions and involves predicting the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, cater to the extremely rich of the society and vacationers. Until a short time ago, there was a considerably large tourist business, founded on nature trips and visits to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and associated bloodshed have cut into this market.

Among Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and slots, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slot machines. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which have table games, one armed bandits and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the two of which has video poker machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforestated talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a pools system), there is a total of 2 horse racing complexes in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has diminished by beyond 40 percent in recent years and with the connected poverty and conflict that has come about, it isn’t known how healthy the vacationing industry which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the near future. How many of the casinos will carry through till things get better is simply unknown.