Dabo can be played in various locations throughout the game. Simply walk up to the Dabo table in one of the following places:
- Quark's at Deep Space 9
- Drozana Station
- Paradise City bar on Nimbus III
- Summer Beach Resort on Risa
- D'Kora-class Marauder Bridge
- Nandi-class Warship Bridge
How to play
The Dabo wheel has a total of 36 slots, 27 on which you can bet. Bets can be placed at a minimum of 100 to a maximum of 1 million Energy Credits or Gold-Pressed Latinum. Payouts will always be rewarded as GPL.
After the wheel is turned, the icons from the three wheels at an individual slot are compared by
The payouts depend on the number of matches in these three categories. Example:
In this example, there is a match of two icons with regard to shape (the color-less triangle and the red triangles) and a match with regard to count (three triangles and three squares). This result is abbreviated: "Shape X 2 Count X 2"
As the inner wheel has no color, ideally, one can get a match of three icons with regard to count and shape and a match of two icons with regard to color. Such a combination (Shape X 3 Color X 2 Count X 3) is called a Dabo.
There are additional icons, that may modify the result:
- The so called Swirl is a joker, that can act as any color, shape or count
- Two or more Quarks give a high payout.
- DS9 icons work like Quarks, but have a lower multiplier
- A black hole will match with nothing except itself and swirls.
A combination of three DS9s, black holes, Swirls and Quarks are special Dabos with increased payouts.
The following table lists the combinations and their payouts.
There is no winning strategy for Dabo creating an expected payout in favor of the player. Overall the game is balanced in favor of the house—the expected payout in Gold-Pressed Latinum is 88.01% of any bet. So Dabo is basically a conversion mechanism to buy GPL for EC at a rate of approximately 1:1.72.
The best possible scenario pays out 400,000% (a bet with a quark dabo and two swirl dabos). The high-value special icons are spaced on the default dabo wheel as follows: quarks (slot 17), swirl (slots 8 and 28), DS9 (slots 11, 22, 34). Note that slots 5-7, 17-19, and 29-31 cannot be bet on. This 400,000% payout is possible only when all three wheels align and can only be bet on in any of the following 15 configurations (the first 6 do not block any DS9 icons):
- Slots 9, 0, 20
- Slots 10, 1, 21
- Slots 21, 12, 32
- Slots 22, 13, 33
- Slots 33, 24, 8
- Slots 34, 25, 9
- Slots 23, 14, 34
- Slots 24, 15, 35
- Slots 25, 0, 16
- Slots 35, 10, 26
- Slots 0, 11, 27
- Slots 1, 12, 28
- Slots 11, 2, 22
- Slots 12, 3, 23
- Slots 13, 4, 24
- Each round of Dabo takes thirty-six seconds.
- While the bid choices list 10 as minimum, attempting to use it currently returns an error stating the minimum bid is 100.