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The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the moment, so you may imagine that there might be very little appetite for visiting Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it seems to be functioning the opposite way around, with the desperate market circumstances creating a larger ambition to wager, to attempt to discover a fast win, a way out of the crisis.

For nearly all of the people living on the tiny nearby money, there are 2 popular forms of wagering, the state lottery and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else in the world, there is a national lottery where the chances of profiting are unbelievably low, but then the prizes are also very large. It’s been said by financial experts who study the concept that many don’t purchase a ticket with a real assumption of winning. Zimbet is built on one of the national or the English football divisions and involves predicting the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other foot, pander to the incredibly rich of the country and vacationers. Up until a short while ago, there was a incredibly large sightseeing industry, based on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and connected violence have cut into this trade.

Among Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has five gaming tables and slots, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has only slot machine games. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only slot machines. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the pair of which offer 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, the two of which have video poker machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the above mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a parimutuel betting system), there are also 2 horse racing complexes in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has deflated by more than 40% in the past few years and with the connected poverty and crime that has come to pass, it is not well-known how healthy the tourist business which funds Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the in the years to come. How many of the casinos will survive till things get better is merely unknown.