Published: Aug 27, 2010 4:38 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 27, 2010 1:38 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Gambling cruises are returning to the Jacksonville area.

A new venture called Jacks or Better Casino will depart starting in October from the same Mayport dock that gambling boats previously used over the years.

It will fill a vacuum left by the bankruptcy of SunCruz casinos.

Jacks or Better Casino has bought a 155-foot vessel that is undergoing a top-to-bottom renovation at the Green Cove Springs shipyards.

The boat will have 200 slot machines, 14 gaming tables, and space for up to 500 passengers.