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NEWS
April 21, 1993 | By Maureen Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Sands casino cocktail waitress who kept gambler Leonard Tose supplied with drinks was barred from testifying yesterday when the trial judge ruled that the casino had given insufficient notice that she would be called. The waitress, who was identified yesterday as Suzy Odlin, had been named by several witnesses throughout the three-week trial as the waitress who most frequently served the former Eagles owner in the high-roller pit at the Sands. In an unexpected move yesterday in U.S. District Court in Camden, Sands Hotel & Casino attorney Frederick H. Kraus said before the jury that he was calling Odlin as the Sands' final witness.
NEWS
April 15, 1993 | By Maureen Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Sands picked them, they testified, because they were the best - the fastest and sharpest blackjack dealers in the business. They dealt to the high rollers, and their most valued trait, they said, was that they worked well under pressure. Yesterday, in U.S. District Court, three dealers were able to test that trait at the trial of Leonard Tose's countersuit against the Sands Hotel & Casino, a case that could change the face of their industry. The former Eagles owner sued the Sands to recoup more than $1 million he said he lost on three nights gambling while drunk.
NEWS
April 14, 1993 | By Maureen Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The director of corporate security for the Sands Hotel & Casino testified yesterday that Leonard Tose had appeared sober on at least one of the nights in question in the lawsuit now being tried in U.S. District Court in Camden. The official, Arthur Lewis, testified that he had seen Tose three times on the night of Aug. 31, 1985, and that each time Tose seemed sober. "I observed him in the high-stakes area playing blackjack," Lewis said. "He was bantering and talking pleasantly with the dealer.
NEWS
April 13, 1993 | MICHAEL MERCANTI / DAILY NEWS
Former Eagles owner Leonard Tose walks back to federal court in Camden yesterday after a lunch recess in the retrial of his civil suit against the Sands Casino, where he lost $1.2 million on three dates in 1985. Yesterday his former stepson, Thomas Tracy, testified that he slammed his hand on a gaming table and begged Sands personnel to stop serving drinks to an intoxicated Tose and stop letting him gamble. But, said Tracy, his pleas were ignored.
NEWS
April 13, 1993 | By Maureen Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former Eagles owner Leonard Tose was a nasty drunk who swore at his wife and put his hands around her throat in the gaming area at the Sands Hotel & Casino, a former Sands blackjack dealer testified yesterday. "He was quiet, and then as the night went on, he got nastier," said Joanne Heim, who said she had sometimes dealt cards to Tose in the high-roller pit. "He called (Julia Tose) a whore and told her to get out of his face," Heim said. "He wanted to gamble. He didn't want her to bother him. " It was during that confrontation that Leonard Tose put his hands around Julia Tose's throat, Heim testified.
NEWS
April 9, 1993 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
Talk about prodigious feats of alcoholic consumption - Leonard Tose was so falling-down drunk the night he dropped $700,000 at the Sands Hotel Casino that a sober onlooker collapsed in awe. Barbara Luterman, a friend of Tose, testified in federal court yesterday that she fainted to the floor of the Atlantic City casino when she saw how much the former owner of the Eagles was drinking and gambling. "I never saw anybody behave, drink and gamble the way Mr. Tose did," Luterman told a nine-member jury at the U.S. District Court in Camden.
NEWS
April 9, 1993 | By Maureen Graham and Michael Sokolove, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Former Eagles owner Leonard Tose, on the witness stand again yesterday in his case against the Sands Hotel Casino, absorbed a series of jabs from Sands attorney Frederick Kraus. Among Kraus' questions: If Tose found it difficult to "bare his soul" in court, was it also hard for him to bare his soul to the press? (He's lately been written up in a number of national publications, including People magazine.) Had he, at the same time he was failing to repay his casino debts, made a gamble of a different sort, investing $6.5 million in a project to design and market a new kind of tractor-trailer?
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | by Don Russell and Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writers The Associated Press contributed to this report
The Sands Hotel Casino treated the high-rolling former owner of the Eagles like a rich pigeon, to be stewed and plucked at the blackjack table, a former cocktail waitress testified in federal court yesterday. Maryanne Smeraski told a jury in Camden that she was under orders to keep Leonard Tose's glass of scotch and Perrier filled at all times. "He's a high roller, and if you're Leonard Tose, they wanted him to be drunk," Smeraski told reporters after her testimony yesterday.
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | By Maureen Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former cocktail waitress at the Sands Hotel Casino testified yesterday that she was expected to keep Leonard Tose "pumped up" with Dewars and Perrier when he gambled in the high-roller baccarat pit. If she had stopped serving him or any other high roller because they were drunk, she would have been fired, she testified. "He was drunk. It was very obvious to anyone over the age of 6," said Maryanne Smeraski, 32, a surprise witness and the first waitress to testify in Tose's legal battle with the Sands over his gambling losses.
NEWS
April 7, 1993 | By Maureen Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They're hiding Suzy. The elusive cocktail waitress who served Leonard Tose scores of Scotch and Perriers while he lost millions of dollars gambling at the Sands Hotel Casino was secreted yesterday to an "undisclosed location" to meet with Tose's attorney, A. Charles Peruto Sr., the attorney said. The trial judge ordered the meeting's location kept secret. "They don't want any publicity on this," Peruto said. "The Sands wanted it private. The judge said we had to keep it that way. " Suzy, Tose's private cocktail waitress when he played blackjack in the high roller pit at the Sands, could become a key witness in the retrial of Tose's suit against the Sands Hotel Casino - if she is called to stand.
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