Casinos in Zimbabwe
The Lotteries and Gaming Board of the Ministry of Home Affairs regulate casinos in Zimbabwe, where the Lotteries and Gaming Act of 1998 established the legal framework for the gambling industry.
There are quite a few land-based casinos in Zimbabwe, mostly clustered around the capital Harare, Kariba, Mutare and Victoria Falls.
Top casinos include the Carribea Bay Hotel and Casino Resort in Kariba, which has 57 gaming machines and 7 table games on offer, along with games of blackjack and roulette; the Montclair Hotel & Casino in Mutare has 35 slots and 12 game tables, featuring blackjack and roulette; and the Leopard Rock Hotel & Casino in Mutare, which is one of the larger casinos in the country,has 105 gaming machines and 80 video poker games. They also have 11 table games and high-stakes blackjack on offer, as well as poker and roulette games.
However, since most Zimbabweans earn very low wages, the casinos target the country’s rich and tourists, although the country has seen a huge decline in the latter, due to the country’s economic troubles and recent violence.
Online Casinos in Zimbabwe
Since the online infrastructure in Zimbabwe is poor, online casino gambling hasn’t really taken off. Due to the low internet penetration, there are no laws outlawing Zimbabwean players from accessing foreign online casinos, and those with access to the internet and foreign sites can enjoy games online.