The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a risk at the moment, so you might envision that there would be little appetite for supporting Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it appears to be operating the other way, with the critical market conditions creating a bigger eagerness to gamble, to try and discover a quick win, a way out of the crisis.

For most of the people living on the meager nearby money, there are two dominant forms of gambling, the state lotto and Zimbet. Just as with most everywhere else in the world, there is a state lotto where the probabilities of hitting are unbelievably small, but then the prizes are also very large. It’s been said by economists who understand the concept that most do not purchase a card with an actual belief of profiting. Zimbet is based on either the local or the British soccer leagues and involves predicting the outcomes of future games.

Zimbabwe’s gambling halls, on the other shoe, mollycoddle the astonishingly rich of the state and sightseers. Up till a short time ago, there was a incredibly large tourist business, founded on nature trips and trips to Victoria Falls. The market woes and connected conflict have carved into this trade.

Among Zimbabwe’s casinos, there are two 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 contains the Monclair Hotel and Casino and the Leopard Rock Hotel and Casino, both of which offer gaming tables, slots and video poker machines, and Victoria Falls houses the Elephant Hills Hotel and Casino and the Makasa Sun Hotel and Casino, each of which have video poker machines and blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.

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

Given that the economy has deflated by more than 40 percent in recent years and with the associated poverty and conflict that has resulted, it isn’t known how well the vacationing business which funds Zimbabwe’s casinos will do in the in the years to come. How many of them will carry through till conditions get better is basically not known.