A CASINO ODYSSEY is the true rags-to-riches story of a gambling team that climbed up from betting five dollars a hand to betting thousands. All names have been changed, and some casino names have been redacted, but the events of this story are true to the best of my recollection. In the 1990s, the industry would say, "You've got to send out winners to bring in the losers." Meet some of the winners. This is the original online story published in 2001 on the now-defunct kuro5hin.org blog. No changes have been made to the text except to correct minor typos and to format the story so it can be easily read on the device of your choice.