The entire process of living in Zimbabwe is something of a risk at the moment, so you might think that there might be very little desire for going to Zimbabwe’s casinos. Actually, it seems to be working the opposite way around, with the desperate economic conditions leading to a larger eagerness to bet, to try and discover a fast win, a way out of the situation.

For almost all of the locals surviving on the meager local money, there are 2 dominant forms of gaming, the state lottery and Zimbet. As with most everywhere else on the globe, there is a national lottery where the odds of hitting are remarkably tiny, but then the winnings are also remarkably high. It’s been said by economists who study the subject that most don’t purchase a ticket with an actual belief of profiting. Zimbet is founded on either the national or the English football divisions and involves predicting the results of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other foot, pamper the incredibly rich of the state and sightseers. Until a short while ago, there was a considerably substantial sightseeing industry, centered on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and connected crime have carved 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 gambling den, which has just the slot machines. The Zambesi Valley Hotel and Entertainment Center in Kariba also has just slots. Mutare contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which contain table games, slot machines 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 have gaming machines and table games.

In addition to Zimbabwe’s gambling halls and the previously talked about lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a parimutuel betting 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.

Given that the economy has contracted by more than 40% in the past few years and with the associated deprivation and crime that has come to pass, it isn’t understood how well the vacationing industry which supports Zimbabwe’s gambling halls will do in the in the years to come. How many of the casinos will survive till conditions improve is merely not known.