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Dabo table, Babel

The dabo table in Quark's Bar

Dabo table close-up, Statistical probabilities

The dabo wheel

Dabo was a roulette-style game of chance developed by the Ferengi. When one won, it was customary to shout "Dabo!" Given the "profit at any price" philosophy of the Ferengi, it was not uncommon to find that a dabo table had been rigged.

According to Quark, the rules to dabo were quite simple. (DS9: "Babel")

The Wadi, a game-loving species from the Gamma Quadrant, asked specifically for Quark's and the dabo game when they made first contact with the Federation in 2369. They played the game for the whole night and won every round. Quark had to replace the dabo girl with Broik, who immediately cheated and manipulated the game. Falow, who discovered this, then accused Quark and changed to the Wadi's own game of Chula. (DS9: "Move Along Home")

Often dabo girls were specifically instructed by their employers to distract players into losing. A common saying in dabo was "Watch the wheel, not the girl." (DS9: "The Abandoned")

Gravimetric scanners could be used to predict the outcome of a dabo game to cheat. Two Yridians used such a device at Quark's in 2373. (DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong")

When Quark announced that Major Kira Nerys was the millionth customer of his establishment, he gave her five free spins at the dabo wheel as one of three presents. (DS9: "Meridian")

Quark once taught the rules of dabo to the Karemma representative Hanok, who promptly busted him by betting on "triple over". (DS9: "Starship Down")

William T. Riker won by betting on "triple down" and was paid in vouchers instead of latinum. (TNG: "Firstborn")

The word dabō means "I shall give" in Latin and "gold" in Aramaic.
In the PC game Star Trek Online, players can play dabo to earn latinum.

In Stardust City on Freecloud in 2399, there was a sign advertising dabo tables. (PIC: "Stardust City Rag")

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