White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (AP) -- Work is getting under way on a new casino at the Greenbrier.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the gambling hall was planned for late Monday.
The Greenbrier's new owner, Jim Justice, has said he wants the dice rolling and the cards being dealt by April 1.
He's also planning to build shops and restaurants under the resort's front lawn.
Justice is a businessman with interests in coal and agriculture who bought the Greenbrier out of bankruptcy for $20.1 million in May.
He says a casino will help the resort restore profitability and regain the coveted five-star Mobil Travel Guide rating it lost in 2000.
Greenbrier County voters narrowly approved the idea of a gambling hall last fall.
It will be regulated like the state's racetrack casinos.
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