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Best Myrtle Beach Casinos

Oh, the thrill of a coastal casino!

A world where your luck is at the whim of a turn of a card or the roll of the dice. It’s a place where the air is electrified with excitement, and hearts race in unison as the moment of judgment, filled with potential, arrives.

When you add on the shimmering of the lights, your favorite cocktail, and ocean views, you’ll have the best of everything at Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark – but if your itching to venture out, the area’s premier floating casino awaits!

Forget brick and mortar, the enormous establishments of Las Vegas or Atlantic City. After all, gambling is illegal in the state of South Carolina. But there is a thrilling loophole, one that can see you simultaneously enjoy a cruise ship while plying your trade on the blackjack table.


About The Big M Casino

The Big M Casino trades the bustling city streets for open waters. You’ve heard that right! Big M Casino is a casino cruise that’s purely for spinning the roulette wheel, throwing the dice, or hoping the dealer goes bust. It’s a unique gambling establishment and it only heightens the fun.

Departing Point

Departing from two spots in South Carolina. The Big M Casino departs from a dock on the Little River or along the Grand Strand. Both offer a thrilling way to spend your day here in Myrtle Beach, allowing you to switch up the sun and sand for a bit of gambling razzle dazzle.


The Big M has multiple daily departures. In fact, with up to six days of midday and evening cruises per week, you can enjoy the spoils of victory with yet another round of table games, slot machines, and video poker.

You can reserve your spot on either the 11 am day cruise or the 6 pm evening cruise on their website ahead of time. The tickets are relatively inexpensive, and if you disregard the chance to win big, the cost of the cruise is an inexpensive way of exploring North Myrtle Beach and the Little River.

Two Vessels

The Big M’s two casino ships sail out into open waters and depart the state. They don’t always run at the same time, so you’ll need to check the website to see which one is sailing.

What to Expect

As they venture into international waters, the fun begins, opening a world of possibilities. The ships are grandiose mega yachts that harbor all your favorite games, from blackjack and 3-card poker to craps and Let It Ride.


Like having a slice of Vegas on the water, the casino comes with its own all-you-can-eat buffet and live entertainment. On the top level of the Big M luxury yachts lies the restaurant, a deck, and an open-air bar.

Here, you can let your heart relax for a moment and enjoy a nice meal and drink while keeping an eye out for pods of dolphins. Come the evening, you can combine your casino experience with an uninhibited view of the spectacular sunset.


What to Know Before You Go

When to Go

Big M Casino runs its party on the water year-round. As it is technically the only casino in Myrtle Beach, a steady crowd of couples, friends, and older families enjoys chasing a pot of gold year-round.

Reserve a Ticket

It’s always best to reserve your spot ahead of time, especially for the evening cruises or if you have a large party. This becomes even more important during the summer months and around the holidays. The population of Myrtle Beach rises and falls with the big occasions; you can expect a decent portion of that crowd to want to win big money on the ship.

Book Around Special Holiday Events

Although there’s never a bad time to experience Myrtle Beach’s Big M Casino, timing your trip to coincide with the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve can take your trip to the next level. During the major holidays, the gambling cruise makes it worth your while with an expanded menu and exclusive live entertainment.

When Does the Gambling Start

Crossing South Carolina waterway boundaries takes around 45 minutes to enter legal gambling waters. However, this is only a small portion of your four—or six-hour cruise. During this time, you can enjoy beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the oceanfront from the top deck.

Age Restrictions

All passengers will need to be 21 years of age or older. Guests must present a valid government-issued photo ID in order to be accepted onboard.

Dress Code

The dress code at Big M Casino is casual, sensible dress. All guests are required to wear a shirt and shoes. Basically, dress comfortably and appropriately, and you’ll be able to enjoy all the thrilling fun.


More Adult Fun in Myrtle Beach

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Alright, so you’ve had fun at Myrtle Beach’s only casino. Don’t worry if you’re still looking for more thrills or adult activities; the popular beach town will continue to deliver.

Go Deep Sea Fishing

With Myrtle Beach Sport Fishing, head out into the Atlantic (or enjoy inshore fishing) all the way to the Gulf Stream. With a team of pros, it won’t matter whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

With all the gear and licenses covered, you can enjoy watching the Myrtle Beach area fade into the distance as your captain chooses the best place for you to cast your reel. Your crew can decide between half-day and full-day trips that will have you seeking mackerel, barracudas, Amberjack, and even sharks.

Their wide range of specialized trips also includes night time shark fishing, fun dolphin tours, and romantic sunset cruises.

Book a Tee Time

There is no shortage of fantastic golf courses in Myrtle Beach including a handful of championship-level courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Mike Strantz.

Some of the most popular courses include the stunning Dunes Golf Club (the host of the U.S. Women’s Open) and the area's premier public golf course, Tidewater Golf Club. These are both challenging courses; for a more casual experience, Myrtle Beach National West is the way to go.

If you’re just looking to have a laugh with friends and family, Myrtle Beach has its own Top Golf.

Enjoy the Vineyards

There are a number of great wineries close to Myrtle Beach. These make for a memorable getaway from the downtown fun, bringing a relaxed pace of life, more shade among the greenery, and great times with friends and family.

Some of our favorites include La Belle Amie and Duplin wineries. The former lies in Little River. The small vineyard offers it all in one place, from sightly vines to wine tastings and a boutique gift shop.

Duplin Winery lies near Barefoot Landing. Here, staff can walk you through a thorough tasting as you learn about the various flavors and the winery’s impressive history.


Stay in Myrtle Beach

The fun doesn’t stop in Myrtle Beach. Although the beloved vacation city doesn’t have its own casino, Big M brings all the thrills and spills of the casino out onto the water.

Not only will you enjoy a wonderful cruise with great views, colorful drinks and plenty of good eats, there’s nothing quite like playing a hand of poker on a floating vessel.

If you want to experience this and all the other adventures Myrtle Beach has to offer, check into Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark and enjoy an unforgettable vacation.

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