Romanian Manager of African Casinos

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.Romanian Manager of African Casinos

“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”.

Online game “Slot Africa”

Online game “Slot Africa”

If you like wild animals from the jungles of Africa, now you can combine your love of animals with online games, try and spin online slot games.Start the game Slot Africa.Online game Slot Africa

I think this is one of the most beautiful and preferred online slot games that you can play directly without downloading or without money deposit. That’s because it includes a lot of characters loved by everyone, namely the African lion, the zebra from savannah, the wild buffalo, the giant elephant, the dangerous rhino as well as landscapes from this cradle of mankind. Jungle is a dream for all of us and if you do not want to wait you can take a virtual trip in the virtual world of these online slot games for free.

Even here, the play system of this classic game does not change and bet or betting options are the same. To start easy you just need to press the Start button to spin wheels and get surprises. The bravest can choose Bet Max to put the biggest bets. Also you can bet (the dubbing as it sometimes called) on the red and black when you get a good hand. Another indication is about being cautious about inserting loans in the checkout- to speed thing up press 2 times the button Collect. These are the basics of the online game “Slot Africa”.

iPhone Used to Cheat in Poker

iPhone Used to Cheat in Poker

The authorities responsible for gambling control in the U.S. state of Nevada (west) have warned the  casinos in the region, including in Las Vegas, that a program installed on the iPhone would allow card counting and might help clients cheatiPhone Used to Cheat in Pokerin poker game.

With the program installed on your phone cards counting become much easier“, wrote Randall Sayre, a member of the supervisor authority of gambling in Nevada, in a letter sent on February 5 to the casinos managers.

He explained that the program can be used also secretly because the phone screen stays switched off, and the program is running if the user knows the location of the keys.

Thus the poker players, for example, of Blackjack or Texas Holdem or any other kind of poker may know at any time the number of cards remaining to be dealt.

Nevada authorities of gambling said that they went on alert after they found many poker players have used this program on the iPhone or iPods from Apple in several casinos from North Carolina (south-east).

In Nevada it is illegal to use various tools to count the cards when playing poker. Players are forced to rely only on mental calculation.

Gambling in Africa

Gambling in Africa

Gambling in Africa


Gambling poker is quite popular in Africa, especially in its southern part, that in 2005, went through several national poker tournaments. In this regard, in 2004 was founded a special poker association under the auspices of the South African Poker Association. It represents the interests of the poker community in the country and aims to develop standard guidelines for common variations of poker in accordance with generally accepted international rules. To register for South African Poker Association organizations must pass a series of rigorous qualification procedures to ensure that they are suitable for the qualifying criteria, that they are operating legally, follow the established rules and have a good reputation.

Among the most popular for gambling among players of African countries may be called Botswana, Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda. For example, in Egypt, there are three gambling establishments of the international corporation Raineau group. According to the organizations that control the gambling industry in Botswana there are 8 casinos, 2 of them being the largest –  Gaborone Sun and Grand Palm.

Regarding sweepstakes, people set against each other, not against the house as in gambling case, so the odds of winning depend on the size of the bets in each case. Tote is usually associated with horse competitions or dog runs, but you can make bets on many other sporting events. Lottery in the Ivory Coast is the only one in south-Saharan Africa, using automated systems and information technology. In all other cases, the data is processed manually. In addition, in South Africa, all bets are combined into a national sweepstakes pools under the sign Saftote.
In addition to gambling, tourists in Africa have many forms of entertainment. Tourists coming to Africa can visit more than 20 national parks, take a dip in exotic beaches, visit wineries plantations or natural reserves, which are many on the continent.

Cyprus wants to develop a casino industry for reviving the economy

Cyprus wants to develop a casino industry for reviving the economy

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Cyprus is urgently preparing a legislative framework for casino industry development, hoping to attract wealthy Russians, in order to revive the economy.  Some euro-zone partners have accused  the state of tolerating suspicious activities undertaken by people and companies from Russia in local banks.

The government has prepared a law project regarding licensing and operating of casino industry, currently waiting for an impact study regarding the initiative viability, said Minister of Trade, Tourism and Industry, George Lakkotrypis.

„We will operate very fast. We are interested in attracting investments for a resort that will also include casinos. Thus we will improve our tourist offer and Cyprus will become a tourist destination for any period of the year”, said the official.

Tourism represents approximately 19% of the Cyprus GDP. Casino industry could bring a significant increase in this sector, given the strong ties with Russia, where such places are no longer legal.

Cyprus is a convenient place for a few sunny days or even weeks, with various options for entertainment, comments Paul Hezfeld, specialized consultant in the casino industry.

„Cyprus could become for Russians what Mallorca is for Germans”, he said.

Warrick Bartlett, another consultant in gambling, considers that Cyprus has a huge potential for development of the casino industry.

„Cyprus is strategically located, close to the Middle East, where many wealthy citizens are now forced to travel to London to play.” However, the highest potential  comes from wealthy Russian visitors”, he comments.

Annual expenditure on gambling in Russia rises to about 170 dollars per person, compared to an average of 82 dollars worldwide, he said.

Russia banned in 2009 most gambling forms, casinos and slot machines are outlawed.

Now most gaming enthusiasts traveling abroad. Belarus is one of the main beneficiaries, says Bartlett.





Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Help Africa with Poker

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Help Africa with Poker


Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have confirmed participation in the charity tournament Ante Up for  Africa (AUFA) in the WSOP, which will be held in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

This is the fourth annual event, organized by World Series of Poker.

Its purpose is to raise funds to help the victims of the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

This year’s competition, with the entry fee of $ 5 millions was scheduled for July 3.

“We are delighted that Matt and Ben have confirmed their participation in this poker tournament. We are looking forward to other famous show-business stars and poker personalities to join us and help draw attention to the severe crisis in these regions of Africa like Darfur, “- said Annie Duke, one of the founders of Ante Up for Africa.

Damon and Affleck are long-time fans of poker and veterans WSOP Ante Up For Africa. Each of them participated in the previous tournaments AUFA, and were able to compete with professional poker players and celebrities of show business.

Frequent participants in AUFA are popular personalities, as Howard Lederer, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Charles Barkley, Mike Tyson.

Phil Hellmuth has appeared regularly as the presenter of the competition.

In present, thanks to Ante Up for Africa were raised over $ 3 million to help the population of  Darufa.


Casinos in Africa

Casinos in Africa

In Africa, there are 29 countries where there is a casino, and 3 countries where there is bettingCasinos in Africa, including betting on horse racing and dog racing, as well as a new type of gaming establishments – with slots or terminals for the game of poker.

In Africa, the largest number of casinos are located in South Africa, there are 45 casinos and 37793 slots. The largest casino in Africa – it’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, located in Cape Town, South Africa. In this casino there are 60 gaming tables and 3,500 slots and poker terminals (or other gaming machines).

Gambling industry in Africa is developing faster and more active than ever. There are now hundreds of casinos, most of them are located in Egypt (more than 20 casinos) and South Africa (more than 40 casinos). Tourism is a significant source of income economies in Africa, and the tourists love to gamble. For the most part of them, Africa meets their needs.

Casino industry in Africa is going through a period of rapid growth, in connection with it there is a lot of both legal and illegal gambling. For example, representatives of the gambling industry recently signed the first agreement in the history of the continent of co-existence, and Africa was the first in the world to do it, after the United States.

Gambling is the most popular in South Africa, among the major on-line casinos can be enumerated Sun International, Gold Reef Casino Resorts, and Peermont Global. CASA Casino Association represents the interests of legal casinos in South Africa. In just eight years, a new industry – gambling – has brought the budget of 9 provinces, investment of over 12 billion South African rand, adding more than 36 billion South African rand to the overall GDP.

Five Stars who Love to Play Poker

Five Stars who Love to Play Poker

Five celebrities who love to play poker
Poker makes “victims” not only among ordinary people but also among the stars. A lot of actors, athletes and TV personalities have adopted this hobby over time, and some of them have even started to participate in official competitions. See here one of the top five best-known stars who are comprised of the poker fever.
Tobey Maguire
The actor, famous for his role in the trilogy “Spider-Man”, is an avid poker player. He enlisted for his  first tournament in 2004 and was trained by the famous professional player Daniel Negreanu. According to the actor’s close friends, Maguire would have won far more than $ 10 million from poker games.


Ben Affleck
Affleck chose learning to play poker from two professionals Amir Vahedi and Annie Duke. In 2004 won the California Poker Championship, qualifying for the world finals of the tournament.


Shannon Elizabeth
Former model, the beautiful actress, known for her roles in movies like “American Pie” and “Scary Movie” considers the poker game as his second career and attends about three times a month poker games with well-known players in the United States, and in Las Vegas. She was coached by Daniel Negreanu and won numerous tournaments and competitions in the field.


Michael Phelps
Multiple world champion and olympic at different swimming competitions, Phelps is 14 times gold medalist at Summer Olympics and is the holder of seven world records. Furthermore, he said he is obsessed with playing poker and he plays online poker whenever he has the opportunity to. His great dream is to attend the World Series of Poker.


Jason Alexander
Broadcaster George Costanza from the famous series “Seinfeld” participated to all kinds of tournaments and poker dedicated competitions and qualified in recent years at the World Series of Poker in 2007, but was eliminated in the second day of the event .

Five Movies About Poker

Five Movies About Poker

 Five Movies About Poker

The poker industry exploded in the last decade. Probably most part of the atraction comes from the fact that the poker game requires a combination of skills and luck, and anyone can try to play, the physical condition or a bright mind not being a requirement. Also the movies about poker have enjoyed succes over the years, some of them presenting poker games of maximum intensity or defineing characters with an obsession for this game. Here are five movies you will enjoy if you are a poker ethusiast.

Rounders (1998)

Placed in New York, on the background of the poker players world, Matt Damon, as a master of the card game, trying to start a new life. The hero is a student at a Law School. For him faculty represents the safe road to success, but also a life lacking the emotions he feels playing poker.

Maverick (1994)

Maverick (Mel Gibson) is an invincible card player who is going to participate at a poker competition. The great prize is half of a million dollars. His opponents are planning to  remove him from the competition but, Maverick succeeds in the end to get on the ship where the competition was going to take place.

Casino Royale(2006)

The movie presents the beginning of James Bond’s career. His first mission as „agent 007” leads him to Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a terrorist financier world-wide. To stop him and destroy the terrorist network, Bond needs to defeat Le Chiffre  in a poker game with high steaks, played at Casino Royale.

Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Four young  men find them selves in very big debts after a poker game and they need to get the money really fast, or else the consequences are beyond imagination.. The movie is produced by Guy Ritchie.

Lucky You (2007)

The pasionate player Huck Cheevr (Eric Bana) meets the irresistable Billie Offer (Drew Barrymore). To take part in the World Poker Tournament, Huck gets $10.000, the participation fee. His presence at the tournament could bring him afront of his father, the double winner of the tournament (Robert Duvall).

Poker Dictionary

Poker Dictionary

 Poker Dictionary


If you’re beginner and know nothing about poker we will provide you with a small poker  dictionary.


  • Buy-In – the amount of money required to take part in the tournament. The term is also used reffering to the money required to sit at a poker table
  • Ante –  the money introduced in the game by each player in order to begin the game. It’s not used in a poker game with „blinds”. It’s purpose is to stimulate everybody to remain in the game, so they won’t lose the ante they’ve already paid.
  • Blind – the first two bets made by poker players from blind positions. It has this name because the two of them are forced to bet half of the minimum wage (the small blind) and the full minimum wage (the big blind) before receiving even a book.
  • Straddle – a voluntary bet equal to the big-blind made at the same time as blinds in general, before receiving cards that offer the privilege of the last betting action. It’s usually practiced in cashgame poker, and the rules that come with it may change.
  • Call – the simple completion of the bet already made in order to equal the bet of a poker player before you.
  • Check – the simple continuing of the game, without betting (only possible if the players before you didn’t raise as well)
  • Pot or family-pot – the name of the amount raised by all the players from the table
  • Bump/Kick– the term used for small poker bets
  • Limp – placeing of a minimum bet or of a call for the previous bet. It is also used with small blind at the moment of completing the minimum wage to get into the game „limping in”.
  • Stack – the number of chips you have in one game. It’s said that a poker player is „short stacked” when he has a few chips but also when he doesn’t have enough chips to give a call or to bet.


Poker Dictionary