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Cek Fakta: Video Arab Saudi Meresmikan Arena Judi? Ini Faktanya

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Kabar tentang negara Arab Saudi yang membuka arena judi untuk pertama kalinya beredar di media sosial. Kabar ini disebarkan akun Facebook Daeng Soma Ucu Zar pada 18 Februari 2020.

Akun ini mengunggah video berdurasi 50 detik. Dalam video itu tampak sejumlah orang tengah bermain kartu di atas meja. Satu di antara mereka tampak diwawancarai oleh seorang reporter.

Akun Facebook Daeng Soma Ucu Zar kemudian menambahkan sebuah narasi dalam video tersebut.

"#BALOOT arena Perjudian di Arab SaudiPertama kali dibuka dan diresmikan," tulis akun Facebook Daeng Soma Ucu Zar.

Konten yang diunggah akun Facebook Daeng Soma Ucu Zar telah 356 kali dibagikan dan mendapat 51 komentar warganet. 

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Penelusuran Fakta

Cek fakta Liputan6.com menelusuri kebenaran kabar Arab Saudi membuka arena judi dan video yang diunggah akun Facebook Daeng Soma Ucu Zar.

Penelusuran dilakukan dengan mengunggah video ke dalam aplikasi invid. Gambar tangkapan layar dari video tersebut kemudian ditelusuri menggunakan google image.

Hasilnya, terdapat video identik dengan yang diunggah akun Facebook Daeng Soma Ucu Zar. Video tersebut diunggah oleh akun YouTube القناة السعودية الإخبارية pada 15 Februari 2020 lalu. Namun video tersebut berdurasi lebih panjang, yakni 1 menit 29 detik.

Selain itu, terdapat sejumlah artikel yang menjelaskan mengenai video tersebut. Satu di antaranya dimuat situs factcheck.afp.com dengan judul artikel "This video shows a card game tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia".

A video of people playing cards in a hall has been watched thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim that it shows a gambling arena, or casino, in Saudi Arabia. The video has been shared in a misleading context; it actually shows a card game tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which awarded cash prize to its winners; gambling is prohibited in Saudi Arabia, and in Islam. The 50-second clip was published here on Facebook on February 18, 2020. It has been watched more than 12,000 times and shared almost 390 times.

The post's Indonesian-language caption translates to English as: “#BALOOT gambling arena in Saudi Arabia. Opened and inaugurated for the first time”.

A logo for Saudi Arabian television channel Al Ekhbariya TV can be seen on the bottom right-hand corner of the video.

“Baloot” is similar to the French Belote. It is a popular card game among the Arabian Gulf youth, particularly the Saudis.

The same video also appeared with a similar claim on Twitter here, where it has been viewed more than 1,500 times.

The video has been shared in a misleading context; the footage actually shows a card game tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which awarded cash prize to its winners; gambling is prohibited in Saudi Arabia, and in Islam.

A Google reverse image followed by a subsequent keyword search found this original video on the verified YouTube page of Al Ekhbariya TV, the country’s news satellite TV channel, on February 15, 2020.

An Arabic-speaking AFP journalist translated the video’s title as: “Women present in the Baloot game championship”.

The narrator in the clip can be heard explaining that Baloot is a popular card game in the Gulf region and that this marked the first time women had participated in such a championship.

The journalist can also be heard interviewing a female participant, who appears at the 30-second mark in the footage. She says that her husband taught her how to play Baloot and allowed her to participate in the championship. She also says that it was the first time women could participate.

The Baloot Championship began from February 13 to February 20, 2020 and held at Riyadh Front shopping mall, according to the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia here.

Saudi Gazette, a Saudi-based English daily, published this report about the championship on February 17, 2020, headlined: “Passion grips Baloot championship as women face off men for the first time”.

The first two paragraphs of the report read: “Eagerness, passion and joy gripped the Riyadh Winter Baloot Championship as women faced off men for the first time in one of the most popular games in the Kingdom.

“The championship is being held at the Riyadh Front from Feb. 13 – 22, 2020, with gamers competing for prizes worth a total of over SR2 million.”

Dalam artikel tersebut dijelaskan bahwa video viral tersebut adalah dokumentasi dari turnamen Baloot, mirip dengan permainan kartu Belote dari Prancis.

Turnamen ini dimulai dari 13 Februari sampai tanggal 20 Februari 2020 dan diadakan di pusat perbelanjaan Riyadh Front, menurut Otoritas Hiburan Umum (GEA) Raba Saudi. 

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Kesimpulan

Kabar tentang Arab Saudi yang membuka arena judi ternyata tidak benar. Video yang diunggah akun Facebook Daeng Soma Ucu Zar merupakan turnamen Baloot yang digelar di Arab Saudi.

Narasi yang disampaikan akun Facebook Daeng Soma Ucu Zar tidak sesuai dengan fakta sebenarnya.

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