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Zimbabwean Betting Info

Betting is legal in Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans have one of the largest concentrations of casinos on the continent of Africa.

Tourism and gambling are essential to the economy of Zimbabwe, so the national government gives a fairly large scope to gambling interests in the country. The casino distribution is largely around the capital of Zimbabwe, so that tourists have easy access to a casino gambling environment.

Information About Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a country in south-central Africa. Zimbabwe is to the north of South Africa, to the southeast of Zambia, to the northeast of Botswana and to the west of Mozambique. Zimbabwe once was known as Rhodesia or South Rhodesia, but this was a colonial name given it by the British, so the native people chose Zimbabwe as a more historical name for their country.

Zimbabwe has existed since 1965, when the locals declared independence from the United Kingdom. A republic was formed in 1970 and full independence achieved in 1980. At the time, Zimbabwe had one of the best economies in Africa. The economy declined under Robert Mugabe.

Robert Mugabe took office in 1980 and led the country until the present day. Under Mugabe, the agricultural base of the country has eroded, so that a agriculture has been replaced by mining and tourism as the main source of income. Corrupt land redistribution plans and a long drought are to blame for this decline. The unemployment rate is 80%, though Mugabe uses vote rigging and parliamentary tactics to maintain power.

In March of 2008, Mugabe's opponents won a nationwide election. Mugabe has yet to recognize his defeat and the leadership of Zimbabwe remains in some doubt at present.

Casinos in Zimbabwe

Caribbea Bay Hotel and Casino Resort (Kariba) - Has 57 gaming machines and 7 table games, with the games available being blackjack and roulette. For general infromation at Caribbea Bay Resort, contact +263 61 2452.

Zambezi Valley Hotel Casino & Entertainment Center (Kariba) - Zambezi Valley Entertainment Center has 30 gaming machines and no poker or blackjack tables. For questions, call the number at +263 61 2926.

Leopard Rock Hotel & Casino (Mutare) - Leopard Rock is a bit larger establishment, with 105 gaming machines, including 80 video poker games with bets ranging from 20 cents to $5 U.S. There are 11 table games, including high stakes blackjack, as well as roulette and poker. Call Leopard Rock in Mutare at either +263 20 60171 or +263 20 60198 or go to their website at www.leopardrock.co.zw.

Montclair Hotel & Casino (Mutare) - Montclair Casino has 35 slots and 12 game tables, with roulette and blackjack featured. Montclair has two contact numbers, which are +263 29 2444 and +263 29 2446.

Montclair Hotel (Juliasdale) - Casino desk phone is +263 12 9441.

Plumtree Casino (Harare) - Plumtree Casino has 35 slot machines, but no table games. The number to contact Plumtree is Harare is +263 19 2256.

Elephant Hills Hotel & Casino (Victoria Falls) - Elephant Hills Casino has 14 tables, featuring baccarat, roulette, blackjack and mini-baccarat. There are also 44 slot machines and 10 video poker machines. Contact information is +263 13 4793.

Makasa Sun Hotel & Casino (Victoria Falls) - Makasa Sun has 50 slot machines and 4 video poker machines, as well as a selection of Blackjack and English roulette games. The phone number is +263 11 34461.

Kingdom Falls Hotel and Casino (Victoria Falls) - Leopard Rock is a bit larger establishment, with 105 gaming machines, including 80 video poker games with bets ranging from 20 cents to $5 U.S. There are 11 table games, including high stakes blackjack, as well as roulette and poker. Call Leopard Rock in Mutare at either +263 20 60171 or +263 20 60198 or go to their website at www.leopardrock.co.zw.

Pari-Mutuel Horse Betting in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe boasts two major horsetracks. Gamblers can also bet on greyhound racing and racinos betting in the former Rhodesia.

Matabeleland Turf Club - Bulawayo
Borrowdale Park - Harare

Sports Betting in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has seen a recent upturn in sports betting, with the inception of the Zimbet sports betting service. The people of Zimbabwe take the chance to bet on the outcomes local premier league soccer matches and English premiership football matches.

In the first month of betting in 2005, the venues increased double-fold to 27 venues. Sports betting has expanded since that time.

Declining Tourism

Since the Land Reform Act of 1999 and the subsequent economics sanctions by the United States and the international community, tourism has declined dramatically in Zimbabwe. A recent report suggests that only 20% of the Zimbabwean hotel rooms are in use.

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