Zimbabwe gambling dens

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The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the current time, so you could imagine that there would be very little desire for going to Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it appears to be functioning the opposite way around, with the crucial economic conditions leading to a higher eagerness to play, to attempt to find a quick win, a way out of the crisis.

For many of the citizens living on the meager local wages, there are two common forms of betting, the state lottery and Zimbet. As with practically everywhere else on the globe, there is a state lottery where the odds of profiting are remarkably low, but then the prizes are also remarkably high. It’s been said by financial experts who study the situation that many don’t purchase a card with an actual assumption of hitting. Zimbet is based on either the local or the British football leagues and involves predicting the outcomes of future matches.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other shoe, pamper the extremely rich of the country and vacationers. Until a short while ago, there was a very big vacationing business, based on safaris and visits to Victoria Falls. The economic anxiety and associated bloodshed have carved into this market.

Amongst Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, there are two in the capital, Harare, the Carribea Bay Resort and Casino, which has 5 gaming tables and slot machines, and the Plumtree Casino, which has only slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slot machines. Mutare has the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which offer gaming tables, slot machines and video machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, both of which offer slot machines and tables.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforestated mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting system), there are also 2 horse racing complexes in the country: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second metropolis) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

Since the market has deflated by more than 40% in the past few years and with the connected deprivation and conflict that has resulted, it is not known how well the sightseeing business 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 merely unknown.

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