Quark meets his match when a new rival opens a casino opposite his bar on the Promenade. Meanwhile, the station is suffering issues of high improbability.

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... Commander Sisko
... Odo
... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
... Lieutenant Dax
... Jake Sisko (credit only)
... Chief O'Brien
... Quark
... Major Kira
... Keiko O'Brien
... Roana
... Alsia
... Rom
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... Martus Mazur
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Martus, an El-Aurian con man, is being held in detention for trying to work a mark. In his cell he meets Cos, a dying alien with a strange gambling device, who tells Martus of a string of bad luck he's had, which he implies was brought on by the gambling device. After Cos dies, Martus takes the device and decides to become Quark's rival, opening another casino on the Promenade. Meanwhile, O'Brien has constructed a racquetball court to get some physical exercise, and to his chagrin, finds out Dr. Bashir plays as well. O'Brien is no match for Bashir, much to his frustration, yet he keeps challenging Bashir, who fears for the chief's health and tries to get him to stop. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Michael Piller originally envisioned the character of Martus becoming a recurring one but later decided against it. See more »

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Quark: [Rule of Acquisition #109] Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack.
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Featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1999) See more »

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Meh...
18 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Rivals" is an okay episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" and nothing more. It begins with a conman, Martus (Chris Sarandon) getting arrested by Constable Odo. While incarcerated for fraud, he meets an odd alien with a hand-held gaming device. The guy unexpectedly dies and Martus uses it to construct larger gaming devices--and he opens a bar across from Quark's. Soon Martus seems to have the midas touch.

At the same time, Dr. Bashir and Chief O'Brien begin playing some futuristic version of racquetball. O'Brien is totally outclassed and playing him isn't fun because O'Brien is so hyper-competitive. So how does this plot intersect with the plot involving Martus? And, more importantly, does anyone really care? I sure know I didn't particularly care for this one. Very skippable.


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