Casinos in South Carolina

South Carolina, otherwise known as the Palmetto State and the home of sweet tea, does not have any bricks and mortar casinos. In fact gambling is extremely restricted here, and virtually non existent. Casino players looking for entertainment in South Carolina do have an opportunity to play by taking a trip out to The Big “M” Casino cruise which is waiting to ferry you out to sea for your gambling entertainment. 

Restrictions on gaming weren’t always so tight. The state used to have thousands of video poker machines operating in stores and gas stations but the outcome of a ruling by the South Carolina Supreme Court in June 2000 made all gambling devices illegal. 

Myrtle Beach

The Big “M” Casino

There are actually 2 cruise ships to enjoy. Ship I hosts 158 slot machines and Ship II hosts 248 including top casino player favorites like Wheel of Fortune, Treasure Ball, Pot O’Gold and video poker games. You’ll find classic live dealer table games blackjack, roulette, craps, 3 card poker and let it ride to play. Loyal customers can enjoy the Players Club which will earn you points redeemable for cashback and special deals such as free drinks, VIP party invites, and gifts. Just be aware that Players’ Cards are different for each ship, so if you play on both you’ll need two cards to accrue points as you play. There is a $20 charge to join the cruise which includes your boarding fee and taxes and you must be 21 or over with valid ID. Check the website for latest cruise sailing schedules.   Recent customer reviews note the quality of the buffet, friendliness of the staff, the cleanliness of the boat and the scenery as you head out into international waters, which takes around 45 minutes. Word of caution is to avoid rough sea days unless you have extremely sturdy sea legs!

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South Carolina Casino FAQs

What is the minimum legal gambling age in South Carolina?

To play the lottery, the minimum age to gamble is 18. You must be 21 to join a casino cruise.



Is gambling legal in South Carolina?

Gambling is highly restricted in South Carolina. There is a state lottery and it is permissible to play bingo. Charity games are heavily restricted though and social gambling is illegal. There are no casinos, sportsbetting, poker or racing. The only casino option is a cruise ship.



Are the gambling rules in South Carolina likely to change anytime soon?

It doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon. However, the Palmetto Forum for Gaming Studies have met to discuss legalizing casinos. Online casinos operated in the state are not on the horizon either, but many offshore casinos will accept US players.

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