Saudi Arabia hosts first-ever cards tournament


Riyadh, April 7 (TNS): Amid process of modernization initiated by young crown prince, Saudi Arabia is hosted popular card game Baloot–playing tournament for the first time in its capital Riyadh, Arab media reported.

The championship that started on the fourth of this month is scheduled to go on till the eighteenth at the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre.

It will reward its top four players with more than SR 1 million ($270,000), the winner with SR 500,000.

According to some reports, more than 12,000 people are taking part in the unique championship.