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Chancecube
Chance cube
Production information


Type

Gambling device

Usage and history


Affiliation
"We'll let fate decide."
Watto[src]

A chance cube, also known as a die (pl. dice), was a small, frequently—but not always—cubical object used for gambling or making 'A or B' decisions. Most common dice were cubes giving only two results after being thrown; three of its sides were one color, while the other three were another color.[1] Some dice were weighted by less sporting owners as it was more easily 'tempered' than a flipped coin.[2]

HistoryEdit

Chance Cube Celebration EotE CR

A Wookiee celebrates his victory in a chance cube game

"I just happen to have a chance cube here. Blue—it's the boy. Red—his mother."
―Watto, deciding whether to wager Anakin Skywalker or his mother in a bet[src]

Watto used a chance cube he had with him to gamble with Qui-Gon Jinn on the outcome of the Boonta Eve Classic. After refusing to bet both Anakin Skywalker and his mother Shmi against Anakin Skywalker's Podracer, he offered to roll his chance cube to decide which slave would be wagered: blue for the boy, red for his mother. Qui-Gon Jinn used telekinesis to influence the fall of the chance cube to ensure that Anakin's freedom would be at stake.[1] As Watto had weighted the die to land on red, and had five red spaces and one blue, to ensure winning such random tosses, Jinn's trick took him quite by surprise.[2]

Vilmarh Grahrk once played a game with chance cubes in a casino on Ord Mantell, although these had more than six sides.[3]

Han Solo had a pair of dice-shaped ornaments decorating the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.[4]

King Katuunko also used a Chance Cube to choose Rugosa for a diplomatic meeting on whether he should join the Galactic Republic or the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[5]

During a mission to the Unknown Regions in 28 ABY, Jedi Knights Saba Sebatyne and Tekli played a dice game while on board the Jade Shadow. Their infrared-readable dice cubes appeared simply black to the Human eye.[6]

In 31 BBY, Jedi Knight Alec gambled with chance cubes in the Grande Game casino of Depatar, winning so many times that the owner retired the table for maintenance.[7]

AppearancesEdit

Watto

Watto with his chance cubes

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (novelization)
  3. Star Wars: Republic: Rite of Passage
  4. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  5. Ambush
  6. The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant
  7. Clouded Paths

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