Philanthropist Claims Casinos Kept Him Intoxicated

A letter to a grand jury that indicted Terrance "Terry" Watanabe alleges Caesars Palace and Rio hotel-casino hosts kept the 52-year-old former Omaha businessman "significantly and visiblyintoxicated" while he played table games in late 2007.

A casino spokesman wouldn't comment on the case but says state law and casino policy call for cutting off intoxicated people.

Watanabe's arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday on theft and bad check charges. He faces probation or up to 16 years in prison if found guilty.

Watanabe's lawyers say he will plead not guilty.

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