Romanian Manager of African Casinos
The “ticket” to Africa has reached the office of Caesar Gavrilescu in 1992, when Austrian company made him an offer to take an executive position in a casino in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, one of the largest economies from the Est of the black continent.
“For me the chance to go to Africa was great, I was fascinated. I said yes immediately, I didn’t even pay that much attention to money. Then I took a position as manager of a casino and manager of a bingo. I think I took the decision to go to Africa also because it was not cold and I hate snow”. In Nairobi Caesar Gavrilescu cashed $ 1,500 every month. “I adapted very quickly because I liked it,” he says.
The Romanian was not satisfied, however, to be a simple employee in the casino, so long after the first landing at the airport in Nairobi, Caesar Gavrilescu was also a teacher. “I made two schools for casino employees. I’ve trained the local staff. And now many of those working in casinos in East Africa have been trained by me in the early 1990s,” he recalls.
The Romanian’s adventure in Nairobi ended when the largest casino in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, offered him a position as a floor manager.
“The proposal came from another company, I came to Kamapala in 1994 in a post inferior of what I had in Nairobi, but there were more money.”
He made it in Kampala Casino as a manager, and after several years moved to another casino, Pyramids Casino, all in the same city.
Although the gambling Ugandan market still has much room for growth, the Romanian is aiming to secure the business by engaging in new segments. The first stake in this is the sport betting market. Gavrilescu Caesar says that although Uganda has gone out for more than 50 years from under the protectorate of Great Britain, British culture DNA remains visible. “Ugandans are crazy about British football championship. Bars are full to overflowing when there is a game”.