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The act of living in Zimbabwe is something of a gamble at the current time, so you might envision that there might be little affinity for supporting Zimbabwe’s casinos. In fact, it appears to be functioning the other way around, with the atrocious market conditions creating a higher desire to bet, to try and find a fast win, a way out of the crisis.

For almost all of the people surviving on the abysmal local money, there are two common types of gambling, the national lotto and Zimbet. Just as with most everywhere else in the world, there is a state lottery where the chances of winning are surprisingly small, but then the prizes are also unbelievably big. It’s been said by economists who understand the situation that many do not buy a ticket with a real belief of winning. Zimbet is founded on either the domestic or the English soccer leagues and involves determining the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, look after the exceedingly rich of the state and travelers. Up till a short time ago, there was a incredibly substantial sightseeing industry, based on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The economic anxiety and connected crime have cut into this trade.

Among Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slots, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only slot machines. 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, the two of which contain table games, one armed bandits and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, each of which offer slot machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the previously mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are also 2 horse racing complexes in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Seeing as that the economy has shrunk by more than forty percent in recent years and with the associated poverty and crime that has come to pass, it is not known how well the sightseeing business which supports Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the near future. How many of them will be alive till things get better is simply unknown.