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New casino boat coming to Little River to bring jobs

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - Big M Casino announced Wednesday it is adding another boat to beef up its fleet and cater to more visitors. The boat arrived from Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, on Thursday evening.

The boat will be on loan for the busy summer season. It will kick off its ocean cruises from the Little River dock on July 2. Then it will head back to Florida in September.

Mary Slabinski, the general manager, says this was not a spur-of-the-moment decision. The company has been trying to get a second ship to Little River since starting the business in 2008. But the need became desperate when SunCruz Casino closed down for good July 2014. Big M Casino purchased all the SunCruz property, which included the dock and four tenants. But the SunCruz ship was not included in that purchase.

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So, since last July, Big M Casino has been overwhelmed catering to double the gamblers with just one ship. This second boat will hold 400 passengers. It is a little smaller than the existing boat, which will hold 500 passengers. Having this second ship will allow the company to meet the high demand, make the cruise more comfortable for passengers, and attract even more gamblers.

Slabinski expects some of the boat's differ features will also help attract a new crowd. It boasts more than 100 slot machines, some of which are brand new compared to the existing boat. This second ship will also be non-smoking. There will also be poker, Texas Hold ‘Em and Three Card Poker, along with the typical Black Jack and Craps.

The cruise schedule might also appeal to a different crowd. It will run one cruise Thursday through Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. And it will run one evening cruise on Sunday. Slabinski says this time frame might sound odd, but it came about after doing a survey of their dedicated visitors and asking what they would like to have. This schedule allows gamblers to fit a cruise, beach time, and nightlife all into one day. Slabinski says if they find during the summer there is such a high demand that they need to add another cruise, they absolutely will do that.

This daytime cruise schedule will also mean that if you accidentally miss one ship, you won't have to wait around all day for another one. Slabinski says you can take a seat at one of the local restaurants or bars along the waterfront and wait an hour or so for the next boat to roll in for you.

Job Fair

If you are looking for a job and you don't get sea sick, mark your calendar for Monday June 8. That is when Big M Casino is hosting a job fair from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Slabinski says they are looking to hire about 40 employees for positions ranging from marine crew, to food and beverage, casino dealers, cashiers, and entertainers. On Monday, be prepared to be interviewed by the department head, to do your drug test on site, and to be hired on the spot.

If you're a dealer, you will definitely need experience dealing at least two games for three years. For food and beverage, they want to see customer experience on your resume. And for the marine crew, this is a starter position and they will train you.

Once you're hired, you'll start training on the old ship right away. You will then transfer to the new ship as it heads out to open waters on July 2. Even though the ship is slated to return to Florida in September, that does not mean all 40 positions are seasonal. Slabinski says some of these positions could develop into full-time jobs at the Little River location.

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