The Middle East has a long history with apparent influence from foreign cultures. In terms of board games, there not only has a large number of local gameplays, but also many popular chess and card games in other parts of the world occupy a certain market in the Middle East. So how much do you know about?
（Sawa baloot in the Middle East）
Baloot is a traditional board game in the Middle East and also one of the most popular poker game in the Arabian region. It is filled with skills, 3 players in two teams participate in the game. The main goal is to collect card points by cooperating to "eat" the cards in the hand. In the end, the team with the highest point will win the game.
Tarneed is also one of the most popular card games in this region. Its rules are similar to Baloot, but the number of cards in the hand and gameplay are different. This is a 4-player game, with two teams (the partners will sit across from each other), using a standard 52-card mode. (minus kings)
After a player has placed a card, the player to the right must play a card of the same suit, and the player with the highest card wins the game. Different skills will earn different points, if a team accumulates 31 points or more, it will win the round.
Trix, a four-player Middle Eastern poker game which is popular in the Levant (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine) and Saudi Arabia.
In the game, uses a standard deck of 52 cards, 13 cards for each player. Every game has four rounds, each consisting of four matches. Each player completes these matches according to the corresponding skills. After 20 rounds, the player with the highest score wins the game.
4. Seven diamonds
This is a card game originated in Saudi Arabia, also played in a cooperative manner, using a 32-card deck (removing all 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Joker from the standard international deck). The ranks of cards from big to small are A-K-Q-J-10-9-8-7.
At the beginning of the game, the player holding the “card 7” starts the game by placing this card face-up on the table, in this way four piles of cards are set up, one for each suit, with the cards arranged in ascending order. Then each player must play a card in turn, which must be a card higher than 7 and of the same suit.
Players who don’t have a higher card to suppress can skip the round, but if there is a card that can be played but they don’t place, they will be penalized and the corresponding points will be deducted. After the game time, different scores are calculated depending on the category of cards remaining in the player's hand.
（Ludo King,6 players online）
The board game originated in India that also is popular with local players after it spread to the Middle East.
LUDO is generally composed of 4 players, each player will be assigned 4 chess pieces with a random color (red, green, yellow and blue) at the beginning of the game, then according to different numbers on the dice to move your corresponding pieces. The first player to move all his pieces to the destination will be the winner of the game.
In addition, there are some other games in this area such as Rummy, Small Sheesh, Domino, Okey, etc. These games have different emphases in different regions. For more information about board games in the Middle East, you are welcome to exchange and discuss opinions with us.
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