Gamble on the High Seas Aboard Little River Casino Boats

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Who wants to go to Las Vegas when you can enjoy a Myrtle Beach vacation and gamble all you want just three miles offshore?

Although there are no casinos on South Carolina soil, the Grand Strand serves as the port for two floating casinos that offer day and night cruises.

SunCruz Casino and Big M Casino, both sailing out of the waterfront village of Little River, SC, bring casino-style gambling to Myrtle Beach and the Carolina coast. Located just south of the state line, about 15 miles north of Myrtle Beach, the casino boats offer free shuttle service from most hotels.

Take the short ride to Little River and begin your big voyage to the high seas. Most passengers take advantage of the 30-minute ride out of international waters to soak in the sights and smell the fresh ocean air on the open-air deck atop the casino. Food and drinks are served and guests have some great photo opportunities of dolphins, shrimp boats and a beautiful sunset.

But the action gets rolling once the captain turns on the “live gambling” sign. Featuring all the popular table games, like blackjack, poker, craps, and roulette, as well as plenty of solo-play games, such as the slots and video poker machines, the Big M and SunCruz offer all the fun and games of Vegas, but on the edge of the ocean instead of the middle of the desert. In fact, the SunCruz Casino has the only sportsbook to port in South Carolina.

Offering daytime cruises seven days a week and evening cruises Tuesdays through Sundays, the five- to six-hour tours give high-rollers lots of time at sea to play and casual players plenty of time for other activities. The evening dinner cruises offer a full buffet featuring seafood, prime rib and more.

SunCruz Casino features weekly promotions, including a Sunday Texas Hold 'Em tournament, bingo giveaways held on the ride out to sea. The Big M offers Jackpot Bonus Night, Senior Day and Free Bingo Night. No matter which vessel you choose, you'll find lots of action on the water.

Reservations are not required by can be made by calling 843-280-2933 or 877-250-LUCK (5825). A $15 boarding fee is required but visitors can receive discounts by joining the Players Club. For more information about daily sailing schedules, games and special promotional events, visit www.suncruzcasino.com, or www.bigmcasino.com.

(posted 5/12/14)