Gambling in Saudi Arabia
Every form of gambling is illegal in Saudi Arabia as under Islamic law, gambling and betting are strictly forbidden. Due to this, there are no casinos, poker rooms, bingo halls, sports betting shops or anything else, a move that most citizens support. Despite this – and despite draconian laws – there is a small amount of illegal, underground gambling in Saudi Arabia, but tourists are discouraged from trying to place wagers at such places. Thanks to the lack of gambling in the country, games like poker and blackjack are not very well known in Saudi Arabia.
Online Gambling in Saudi Arabia
Despite the banning of every form of gambling, there are always ways around the system. With online gambling, accessing foreign based websites is possible, although not recommended again. The government regularly blocks online gambling sites, so there is always the potential for losing your deposit overnight.