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The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the current time, so you could imagine that there might be very little appetite for patronizing Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it appears to be working the opposite way around, with the crucial economic conditions creating a larger ambition to play, to try and locate a quick win, a way from the crisis.

For most of the citizens subsisting on the tiny local earnings, there are two dominant types of gambling, the national lotto and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the planet, there is a national lottery where the probabilities of profiting are unbelievably small, but then the winnings are also extremely high. It’s been said by financial experts who understand the situation that most do not buy a card with an actual belief of winning. Zimbet is centered on one of the domestic or the UK football leagues and involves predicting the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, look after the astonishingly rich of the nation and travelers. Up till not long ago, there was a exceptionally substantial tourist industry, centered on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic woes and associated 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 five gaming tables and one armed bandits, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only slots. 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, both of which offer table games, slot machines and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the pair of which offer video poker machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the aforestated mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting system), there are a total of two horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Since the market has contracted by more than 40% in recent years and with the associated deprivation and bloodshed that has arisen, it is not known how healthy the vacationing industry which supports Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the in the years to come. How many of them will carry on until conditions improve is basically not known.