• Zimbabwe gambling dens

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    The prospect of living in Zimbabwe is somewhat of a gamble at the moment, so you could imagine that there might be little appetite for patronizing Zimbabwe’s gambling dens. Actually, it appears to be functioning the opposite way, with the desperate market conditions leading to a bigger desire to gamble, to try and find a quick win, a way out of the problems.

    For many of the people living on the tiny local wages, there are two established forms of gaming, the national lottery and Zimbet. Just as with almost everywhere else on the planet, there is a national lotto where the chances of succeeding are remarkably tiny, but then the prizes are also very large. It’s been said by economists who understand the situation that most don’t buy a ticket with a real belief of profiting. Zimbet is founded on either the national or the UK football divisions and involves determining the outcomes of future games.

    Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, on the other hand, cater to the exceedingly rich of the nation and sightseers. Until a short while ago, there was a extremely large sightseeing industry, built on nature trips and visits to Victoria Falls. The market collapse and associated violence have cut into this trade.

    Among Zimbabwe’s gambling dens, there are 2 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 slots. 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, 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 gaming machines and tables.

    In addition to Zimbabwe’s casinos and the aforestated mentioned lottery and Zimbet (which is very like a pools system), there are a total of 2 horse racing tracks in the state: the Matabeleland Turf Club in Bulawayo (the second city) and the Borrowdale Park in Harare.

    Given that the market has contracted by beyond 40 percent in recent years and with the associated deprivation and conflict that has arisen, it is not well-known how healthy the sightseeing business which funds Zimbabwe’s gambling dens will do in the next few years. How many of them will carry on until things get better is basically not known.

     December 2nd, 2015  Abigail   No comments

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