The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the moment, so you may think that there would be very little appetite for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. In fact, it seems to be functioning the opposite way around, with the awful economic circumstances leading to a greater ambition to wager, to try and find a quick win, a way from the crisis.

For the majority of the people surviving on the tiny local money, there are 2 dominant styles of betting, the state lotto and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else in the world, there is a national lotto where the chances of winning are remarkably low, but then the prizes are also extremely big. It’s been said by economists who understand the concept that the lion’s share do not buy a card with an actual assumption of winning. Zimbet is founded on one of the domestic or the English soccer leagues and involves determining the results of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other hand, pander to the extremely rich of the nation and sightseers. Up till not long ago, there was a very substantial sightseeing industry, built on safaris and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic anxiety and connected bloodshed have cut into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has only slot machine games. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only one armed bandits. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which offer gaming tables, slots and video machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the pair of which have slot machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforestated alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are a total of two horse racing complexes in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has deflated by more than forty percent in recent years and with the associated deprivation and bloodshed that has arisen, it is not well-known how well the tourist industry which is the foundation for Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the near future. How many of them will carry on until conditions get better is simply unknown.