Big M seeks to purchase assets from closed SunCruz casino boat

The Jacks or Better SunCruz Casino has been operating in Little River for years. (Source: Facebook)
The Jacks or Better SunCruz Casino has been operating in Little River for years. (Source: Facebook)

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) – It appears that the county's remaining casino boat, Big M, will be purchasing some of the assets of the now-defunct SunCruz Casino, pending approval by the county.

An agenda for Tuesday's Horry County Council meeting includes an item detailing the sale of business assets of SunCruz, which was abruptly closed late last month, to Big M, which currently operates a gambling cruise on Waterfront Road in Little River.

The SunCruz Casino, one of the Grand Strand's only two legal gambling boats, abruptly ceased all operations in July, according to a message left on the company's main business line.

The message states that as of July 28, "Jacks or Better SunCruz Casinos has ceased all operations." The message then directs callers to the other casino cruise line in Littler River: Big M.

The SunCruz Casino was apparently operating as late as Sunday, with a message posted to its Facebook page promoting the Sunday cruise from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. A calendar on the company's website still shows events for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July.

The cruise line, which offered slots machines, poker, table games, sports betting, and other games, closed once before back in 2009, but was replaced with a new boat from South Beach, Florida, operated by Aquasino Partners of South Carolina, according to information from North Myrtle Beach and SunCruz.

The Horry County Council plans to discuss the business activities of the SunCruz, the purchase by Big M Gaming of the business of SunCruz and the property, the settlement, and operation by Big M of a casino boat business, according to a Horry County Council meeting schedule.

The Horry County Council will consent to the purchase of the SunCruz business and property from which SunCruz has been operating, and the continued operation of Big M or its principals at that location, according to the meeting schedule.

The agenda states that Big M plans to purchase $2 million-worth of business assets from SunCruz, excluding the boat, the land, and the docks on which SunCruz operated.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, August 12 at 6 p.m.

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