Archive for April, 2007

Zimbabwe gambling halls

April 15th, 2007

The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the current time, so you might imagine that there would be little affinity for patronizing Zimbabwe’s gambling halls. In fact, it seems to be functioning the other way, with the critical economic conditions leading to a bigger eagerness to gamble, to attempt to locate a fast win, a way out of the problems.

For most of the people subsisting on the tiny local wages, there are 2 popular forms of betting, the national lottery and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else in the world, there is a national lottery where the probabilities of hitting are extremely tiny, but then the prizes are also unbelievably high. It’s been said by market analysts who study the situation that the lion’s share don’t purchase a ticket with a real belief of winning. Zimbet is centered on one of the local or the British football leagues and involves determining the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other shoe, look after the considerably rich of the nation and travelers. Up till not long ago, there was a extremely substantial sightseeing business, centered on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic woes and associated crime have cut into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, 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 just the slot machine games. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Centre in Kariba also has only one armed bandits. Mutare has 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 has the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which has video poker machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the aforementioned alluded to lottery and Zimbet (which is quite like a pools system), there is a total of 2 horse racing tracks in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the 2nd municipality) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Given that the market has diminished by beyond 40 percentin recent years and with the connected deprivation and violence that has come about, it isn’t understood how well the vacationing industry which is the backbone of Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the in the years to come. How many of the casinos will still be around till conditions get better is simply unknown.