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What’s the Casino Culture like in Myrtle Beach?

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David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

Many residents of South Carolina have been in opposition to legalizing casinos within the state. However, for several years there’s been a forum within the state observing the pros and cons of legalizing gambling. As of now, 65% of residents would support legalized gambling if the revenue is put towards infrastructure development. As we wait to see what happens with the further legalizing of the land-based casino growth within SC, let’s jump into what is currently available for players based here. 

Although online gaming isn’t permitted in the state of South Carolina, it is a bit of a grey area like many states and countries, where players can sign up for an offshore online casino without any ramifications. Now, when it comes to gambling within the state, the only options available are casino cruises which are located nearby Myrtle Beach! 

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Although there aren’t, South Carolina only has two casino offerings that take place on luxurious yachts based out of the Little River. Here’s a little bit more about the only two casino options available near Myrtle Beach. 

Anyone 21 years or older can enjoy a casino adventure on either the day or evening cruises. The schedule varies but this information can all be found online. Either way, aboard the first or second ship, there’s plenty of gambling fun to enjoy.  

Big M Ship I

This is a non-smoking gambling option for gamblers looking for a Las Vegas-styled casino close to their favorite beach destination, Myrtle Beach. The Big M Ship I offers Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Hold’em Poker, Blackjack, and Let It Ride. It also houses 158 including the most popular games like Pot O’ Gold and Wheel of Fortune. You’ll also find Video Poker options and Progressive Jackpot slots.  

Furthermore, passengers can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet, if it’s open. Since the global pandemic, this is subject to change to set dining options including subs and wraps, mixed drinks, cans of beer, and glasses of wine. And lastly, the Big M I sails at least once a day, year-round. Check the schedule for more information on the times and dates you can hop aboard. 

Big M Ship II

The Big M Ship II has smoking optional only on the outside decks which is great for smokers who want to gamble and have a cigarette between games. This ship also sails year-round departing from the same location at 4491 Mineola Ave, Little River, SC 29566, just minutes away from Myrtle Beach. It is highly recommended to check the schedule and pricing in advance and to even make reservations if it’s something you really want to do and want to ensure you have your spot on the yacht.

This ship also offers Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, and Let It Ride tables, as well as 248 slot machines featuring Pot O’ Gold, Wheel of Fortune, Video Poker, and progressive jackpot slots. 

Regarding the food option, it’s the same as mentioned above on the Big M Ship I: subs, wraps, and a variety of drink offerings. 

Both of the Big M Casino cruise ships have partnered with three local, oceanfront resorts: Sun & Sand Resort, Tilghman Beach & Golf Resort, and Beach Cove Resort. Keeping the partnership and engagement close to home is what it’s all about for Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Promotions available aboard the Casino cruise ships

Believe it or not, apart from limited-time-only offers like a Friday Nights Ladies Board for Free,  there are some promotional offers available for those who board the Big M I and the Big M II. For instance, there’s a $10 Free Play offer valid for all new players. This bonus must be redeemed within the first hour of gaming aboard one of these ships and is limited to one per person. To claim this bonus, you can either print it or show the coupon on your smartphone to the Casino host. 

You can also receive a special, free gift throughout the week of your birthday. However, this is only available to blue cardholders and new players. And, lastly is the Military Appreciation offer which is available for all active, reserved, retired, and veterans from every branch. You’ll receive free boarding and a free meal for buying one meal. There are Terms and Conditions that apply to this offer so we highly recommend you read through them well to understand how it works. 

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