The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

Ferengi 是 Star trek 世界中的一個外星種族,在 TNG 中首度出場,但是在DS9 中才得以發揮。

Ferengi 在 Star trek中給人的印象通常是貪婪、沒有道德觀,實際上呢,相較於該劇中過於理想化的「人類」,Ferengi 只是象徵著人性的另一面、另一種可能。

Ferengi 人善於經商,也善於賭博,他們的傳統遊戲 Tongo 就是類似於撲克、或者說是比撲克更佳先進的遊戲。劇中曾經有說過當時 Tongo 仍然是電腦無法解決的遊戲。撲克也是現在電腦還沒有解決的遊戲。

Ferengi 人有一本聖經叫做 The Ferengi Rules of Acquisition,對於玩撲克的人來說,裡面有許多條文頗值得玩味。
Rule 001 »

Once you have their money, you never give it back.


Rule 002 » The best deal is the one that brings the most profit.


Rule 003 » Never spend more for an acquisition than you have to.
能夠用一個 bet bluff 成功,就不要用兩個。

Rule 007 » Keep your ears open.

Rule 009 » Opportunity plus instinct equals profit.

Rule 010 » Greed is eternal.

Rule 011 » Even if it's free, you can always buy it cheaper.

Rule 012 » Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.
Rule 013 » Anything worth doing is worth doing twice.

Rule 018 » A Ferengi without profit is no Ferengi at all.

Rule 020 » Only give money to people you know you can steal from.

Rule 027 » There's nothing more dangerous than an honest businessman.

Rule 034 » War is good for business.
Rule 035 » Peace is good for business.

Rule 037 » If it's free, take it and worry about hidden costs later.

Rule 039 » Friendship is temporary; profit is forever.

Rule 040 » She can touch your lobes, but never your Latinum.

Rule 041 » Profit is its own reward.

Rule 042 » What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine too.

Rule 044 » Never confuse wisdom with luck.

Rule 051 » Reward anyone who adds to your profits so they will continue to do so.
你知道「nice hand」要怎麼用了吧!

Rule 052 » Never ask when you can take.

Rule 057 » Good customers are as rare as Latinum, Treasure them.

Rule 058 » There is no substitute for success.

Rule 059 » Free advice is seldom cheap.

Rule 060 » Keep your lies consistent.
Keep your bluffs consistent too.

Rule 062 » The riskier the road, the greater the profit.

Rule 085 » Never let the competition know what you're thinking.

Rule 095 » Expand or die.

Rule 100 » If they take your first offer, you either asked too little or offered too much.

Rule 125 » You can't make a deal if you're dead.

Rule 143 » Risk is part of the game... play it for all it's worth.
Rule 152 » A lie is a way to tell the truth to someone who doesn't know.
你總是可以把 lie 當成 bluff 或其它的欺敵戰術。

Rule 189 »

Let others keep their reputation. You keep their money.

Rule 190 »

Hear all, trust nothing.

Rule 192 »

Never cheat a Klingon... unless you're sure you can get away with it.
Never bluff a miniac

Rule 202 »

The justification of profit is profit.

Rule 208 »

Sometimes the only thing more dangerous than a question is an answer.

Rule 214 »

Never begin a business negotiation on an empty stomach.


Rule 216 »

Never gamble with an empath.

Rule 218 »

Always know what you're buying


Rule 231 »

There's a sucker born every minute; be sure you're the first to find each one.

Rule 236 »

You can't buy fate.

Rule 239 »

Never be afraid to mislabel a product.

把 72o 當成 AA 來賣。

Rule 242 »

More is good... all is better.

所以大家喜歡 all-in

Rule 260 »

Life's not fair. How else would you turn a profit?

Rule 267 »

If you believe it, they believe it.


Rule 277 »

Anything worth fighting for is worth hiding from.

Slow play 的原理。

Rule 285 »

No good deed ever goes unpunished.

The Unwritten Rule


When no appropriate Rule applies, make one up!