The Rise and Fall of Terrance Watanabe

Terrance Watanabe is one of the biggest whales in Las Vegas history. This Omaha mogul gambled away over 200 million dollars in a single year. His story has been re-told and mistold several times, but here’s the details so you can piece this high-roller’s life together. You can find even more information on this over at Spinathon.

Harry Watanabe founded the Oriental Trading Company in 1932 which meant to start out as a gift shop. With time, the company expanded and there were 17 shops throughout the Midwestern US. Fast forward to 1977 and Terrance Watanabe cashed in more than $300 million annually. He later sold the company in 2000 and shortly developed a love for gambling.

The beginning of the end

2007 started all of Watanabe’s financial problems. He was staying at Caesars Palace at the time and had almost 100% control of the establishment. What Watanabe wants goes. It’s said that he had the power to reassign employees by putting in a request for that if he didn’t like that particular employee. Some say that Watanabe could also get away with things like harassing female employees since he was a whale.

Mr. Watanabe’s losses constituted a shocking 5.6% of the company’s revenues for the year-money that went into the World Series of Poker events.

financial problem

Watanabe left Sin City broke with a 14.75 million dollar debt. Caesar’s ultimately sued Watanabe, who later claimed that the casino would give him pain meds and alcohol to keep him at the tables. Watanabe also claimed that he was not refunded his 30% losses cut, which is customary for all whales. A year after, both parties agreed to settle the matter privately. Apparently, Watanabe paid Caesars $100,000 of the 14.75 million he owed.


Mr. Watanabe’s story shows you that high rollers really aren’t safe and can’t be sure that casinos have their best interest at heart. The glitz and glamour are nothing but a blind eye the casino casts over the whales because ultimately, the casinos need them more than they do them. They do take money from whales so there’s no way they’d expect to find friends at a casino. Watanabe learned this the hard way and served as an example for other high rollers out there. If you are an aspiring whale, remember to put yourself first and be smart about it. No one’s got your back but you.



We get Asked All The Do You Move This or That

All to often home owners decide that they’re not going to spend the money on a moving company. This is fine and well if you’re moving common items such as couches, beds, dressers, and sofas. However, it becomes more problematic when you start trying to move speciality items. Time and time again we hear of stories of people who decide they’re going to save a few bucks and they either end up throwing our their back or ruining an expensive possession. For instance if you’ve got a grand piano to move, that is something that we strongly (I know we’re biased) leave the professionals.

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The last thing you need during a move is to wind up in the hospital or bed ridden for several days prior to moving in. You’re going to need your energy for unpacking and settling in to your new home. We get asked all the do you move this or that. time In short the answer is yes. Here is a short list of items we’ve been known to move over the years Fish Aquariums. Really, really large fish aquarium. We ask that you take care of the fish, we’ll take care of the tank. Any standard household furniture. We once moved a bed that was over double the size of a king-sized bed. We had to hoist it off the balcony because that is the only way we were getting it out of there. Speciality sports equipment – paddle boards, kayaks, road bikes, home gyms – you name we’ll move it. Hunting Equipment. In one instance we moved over 30 rifles and a few dozen scopes, speciality flashlights used for hunting and service work, and other hunting gear. Usually we transport all the rifles and guns right in the safety locker, assuming you have one. Bear in mind, anything we can’t move our sister trucking company can. We’ve moved large hand built gazebos with their help (a little silly but it was from a late great uncle sort of thing). We’ve hauled cars across the country for our clients. As a speciality moving company 10freequotes really does handle it all. Please contact us for a free no obligation quote.

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Great Explorers of Africa – Burton, Speke, Livingstone and Stanley

The Expedition is attempting the first complete ascent of the world’s longest river, the Nile.

Following in the spirit of the great explorers of Africa – Burton, Speke, Livingstone and Stanley, the team are tracking and exploring the entire course of this famous River. This has never been attempted or achieved in one single expedition.

The Nile is some 4132 miles (6611km) long. It receives its name from the Greek “Neilos” meaning a valley or river.

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Travelling from the Nile Delta at the Mediterranean Sea the team is making its way to Lake Victoria from which only the Nile flows, and then on to its source.

Even today it is not clear in which country the source of the Nile actually lies. It is now accepted that the Nile has two main drainage systems:

• to the Northwest ­ the western rift valley and the Ruwenzoris

• to the South and East ­ a huge area encompassing much of Burundi, Rwanda, northern Tanzania, western Kenya and Uganda. All these rivers drain in to Lake Victoria and only the Victoria Nile flows out of it.

It is also accepted that the Kagera is the largest feeder river to Lake Victoria. This river flows through both Rwanda and Burundi.

This expedition will seek to follow that River to its longest source, believed to be in Rwanda.

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The Momentum is Still with Clegg

Clegg Scores Second Win in Party Leaders Debate

Nick Clegg

An average of five polls conducted immediately after the Sky TV Leaders Election debate on Thursday night put Nick Clegg as the winner, with all instant polls showing him ahead of Gordon Brown. After the Foreign Affairs-led debate from Bristol dominated by issues like Iraq, immigration and climate change, Nick Clegg won 3 of the 5 polls on the night, building on his position after the first debate.

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The five “instant” poll results on the night:

Guardian/ICM: Clegg 33%, Cameron 29%, Brown 29%

YouGov: Clegg 32%, Cameron 36%, Brown 29%

ComRes: Clegg 33%, Cameron 30%, Brown 30%

Angus Reid: Clegg 33%, Cameron 32%, Brown 23%

Populus: Clegg 36%, Cameron 37%, Brown 26%

Poll Average: Clegg 33.4%, Cameron 32.8%, Brown 27.4%

The election has been thrown wide open by Nick Clegg’s first debate win. A number of polls have shown that the Lib Dems and the Conservatives are neck and neck, with Labour trailing in third. BBC journalist Michael Crick said on Newsnight “The momentum is still with Clegg.”

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Best Sleepwear for Baby

Babies are cute, and so are the little pajamas we love to buy for them. But when it comes to the best choice of sleepwear for your baby, you might have to look for something more than just cute.

When you are looking for the best sleepwear for baby this time round, consider such factors as comfort, age of the baby, and safety. Generally, I’d advice anyone to avoid garments that have strings, ribbons, and decorative aspects that could possibly pose the risk of choking.

Newborns should always be dressed in sleepwear that will keep them warm, though you can compensate for this by ensuring that the room is warm enough for them.

First of all, footless bodysuits or onesies are an all-time favorite for parents. Getting a good brand is important, and kimono onesies may come in handy here. This brand is favored because of its light nature which also gives a comfortable silky feel against the baby’s skin. It is easy to put on and to take off also. You are sure to get good kimono onesies at an average cost of $20.

Another great choice is footed rompers. Most parents will prefer zipper closure bodysuits that are easy on the baby. With an organic cotton footed romper, you will not have to worry about adding coverings to the cot. They also provide snug and comfort. Most cost just the same as footless onseies.

In case you are looking for specific brands, be sure to check out Spasilk, Finn + Emma and H&M. These three will not let you down if you are looking for soft, stylish and pocket friendly choices for your baby.

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Remember you don’t have to swaddle your baby through the night. If you think the baby is not warm enough and you cannot adjust the room temperature, have two light blanket sleepers added to the cot. If, however, you feel the necessity of swaddling, choose a swaddle that allows room for free leg movement. Read more

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