The former owner of Oriental Trading Company in Omaha, Nebraska is fighting back against two Las Vegas casinos.
A grand jury has indicted millionaire Terrence “Terry” Watanabe, 52, on felony charges of owing more than $15 million in gambling debt. He pleaded not guilty on May 29 in Las Vegas; his trial is scheduled for November 16.
Watanabe claims the management at Caesars Palace and The Rio casinos in Las Vegas kept him in a constant state of intoxication and gave him prescription drugs. He claims that those actions caused his losses to increase through no fault of his own.
Las Vegas casino operating policies prohibit serving intoxicated patrons.
The properties are declining comment.
Watanabe could face probation or up to 16 years in prison if convicted of the two felony theft and two bad check charges.