Thursday, July 8, 2010 | 10:12 a.m.
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- Judge to Harrah’s: Turn over records on high roller’s intoxication claims (1-29-2010)
- New attorney takes on booze defense (10-21-2009)
- Harrah's hires local gun to help in Watanabe case (9-13-2009)
- New attorneys assist in Harrah's probe of high roller's intoxication claims (7-25-2009)
- High-roller fights law regarding collection of gambling debts (7-17-2009)
- Grand jury indicts high roller in $14.7M casino debt case (4-29-2009)
Criminal charges are dropped and civil lawsuits are stopped in Nevada involving a high-rolling Nebraska gambler accused of failing to pay $14.75 million in debts to Las Vegas casinos.
A Clark County District Court judge on Thursday accepted a confidential deal between a prosecutor and lawyers for 53-year-old Terrance "Terry" Watanabe.
Judge Donald Mosley dismissed theft and bad check charges that a Watanabe lawyer said could have gotten him up to 28 years in prison. Trial had been set next week.
Attorney Pierce O'Donnell says Watanabe didn't intend to defraud Caesars Palace and the Rio hotel-casino or their corporate owner, Harrah's Entertainment.
Watanabe agreed to drop civil lawsuits against Harrah's, and Harrah's agreed to freeze counterclaims pending binding arbitration.