[FALSE] “casino in Saudi”

NOT a Casino. The event, the first Baloot championship in April 2018, was held at Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex. Baloot is a popular card game among the people of Saudi Arabia, it does NOT involve gambling or betting.

More in the EXPLANATION and REFERENCES section.

CATEGORY: False context.

SOURCE: TikTok, https://archive.ph/enq2u (backup archive).

NARRATIVE: “casino in Saudi”.


Based on 7 Types of Mis- and Disinformation by First Draft News, classified as “False context: When genuine context is shared with false contextual information.” [1]

The SOURCE shared a video of the first Baloot championship held at Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex with false contextual information, which has caused a FALSE conclusion.

Video Verification

An image with similar indoor building structure by the Ministry of Sport of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on April 6, 2018: “Photos of the preparations in the green hall at Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex before the start of round 17” [2]

Other Related References

Saudi Gazette on April 4, 2018: “JEDDAH — The maiden championship of Baloot game, the most popular card game among Saudis, kicked off on Wednesday. The four-day mega event will see 12,288 card game lovers participating.” [3]

SAUDI-EXPATRIATES on April 9, 2018: “”Baloot” is an old Arabian card game which is similar to French card game called “Belote”, It is kind of a sport game and quite popular with the people of Saudi Arabia. This game does not involve in gambling or bet money, So, wake up and stop spreading rumors.” [4]

Interior image of Green Hall of the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex by one of the locals. [5]

Google Earth, the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex. [6]

The search results for “baloot” in turnbackhoax.id for previous fact-check articles, including the first article in 2018. [7]


[1] firstdraftnews.org: “Understanding Information disorder”, https://bit.ly/34P3vBc / https://archive.md/02Dro (backup archive).

[2] twitter.com/gsaksa_en, https://bit.ly/3oKEEJa / https://archive.ph/qAD6s (backup archive).

[3] saudigazette.com.sa: “12,288 participate in 4-day Baloot event”, https://bit.ly/3LCFMZ2 / https://archive.ph/ygW66 (backup archive).

[4] saudi-expatriates.com: “BALOOT IS A CARD GAME NOT GAMBLING”, https://bit.ly/3gO5SdI / https://archive.ph/zr5Vq (backup archive).

[5] google.com, https://bit.ly/3oO9l09 / https://bit.ly/3LD6Wiv (backup archive).

[6] earth.google.com, https://bit.ly/3sJNVSU / https://archive.ph/BYhgW (backup archive).

[7] turnbackhoax.id (Google Translate), https://bit.ly/34WcNii / https://bit.ly/3Ly8N8k (backup archive).