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Terrance Watanabe lost over $100 million to Las Vegas, claims Harrah's drugged him

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You may have heard that in February, Terrance Watanabe (of the Oriental Trading novelty company which he sold in 2000) owes $14.7 million to Harrah's properties from gambling debts.

You may know that he lost over $100 million gambling in Las Vegas casinos, primarily Rio and Caesars Palace (both Harrah's properties).

You may also know that Harrah's is after Watanabe, who did not pay casino markers in time, as well as wrote bad checks as much as $875,000.

And that he was indicted by a grand jury on these accounts.

But now Watanabe is back in court, fighting back at Harrah's, claiming they kept him intoxicated with alcohol and prescription painkillers while he gambled, so that they could allegedly pull from him as much money as they could while he was inebriated.

And he has witnesses who will testify that employees from Caesars Palace gave him Lortab, a prescription painkiller that can be habit-forming and cause impairment particularly when combined with alcohol. He maintains they even sent a box of the pills to his room in a candy box.

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