Archive for January 25th, 2010

Zimbabwe gambling dens

The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the current time, so you may envision that there would be little affinity for patronizing Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. In fact, it seems to be functioning the opposite way, with the crucial economic conditions creating a greater ambition to wager, to try and discover a fast win, a way from the crisis.

For most of the locals surviving on the abysmal local earnings, there are two popular forms of betting, the state lottery and Zimbet. Just as with almost everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lotto where the chances of profiting are extremely tiny, but then the winnings are also remarkably high. It’s been said by financial experts who look at the situation that most do not purchase a card with an actual assumption of profiting. Zimbet is based on either the domestic or the British soccer divisions and involves predicting the results of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other hand, pamper the astonishingly rich of the country and travelers. Until recently, there was a very big tourist industry, founded on nature trips and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic woes and connected violence have cut into this trade.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are 2 in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree gambling hall, which has just the slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has only slots. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, the two of which offer table games, one armed bandits and electronic poker machines, and Victoria Falls has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, the pair of which has slot machines and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the above alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are also two horse racing tracks in the nation: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has shrunk by more than 40% in recent years and with the associated deprivation and violence that has arisen, it is not well-known how healthy the vacationing business which supports Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the in the years to come. How many of them will be alive till conditions get better is merely unknown.