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Old 12-07-2009, 08:51 PM
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I had to speak at a function at the Greenbrier today. I had a chance to talk to a few employees about the new ownership and quite frankly everyone was beaming when I brought it up. They really are relieved and proud.

In any event- wow, what a place! First time I've been there and I was really impressed with the drive and the resort. Unfortunately I don't have enough zero's behind my salary to warrant a weekend there, lol, but it's really nice.

My mother-in-law has been visiting this past month and she was telling me she went there back in the 80's with Dad for a conference and enjoyed it back then, going horseback riding and playing golf. Hopefully the casino will help return her to her former glory.

A very unique and wonderful place.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I absolutely love the Greenbrier. My father managed to score my brothers and I some tickets to the Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament this summer and I'm really looking forward to it. I can't wait to check out the new casino there as well.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:25 AM
 
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Good for you, 3-Run...I'm sure you had a very nice lunch...
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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Can you just walk into the casino, or do you have to be a guest (or attending a function)? It might be an interesting diversion during the week we're spending at Watoga.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:43 AM
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I didn't go to the casino, but from what I understand the current set up is a limited area devoted to table games.

From what I understand, they are converting the underground 'bunker' area to the casino, which I think is just a fantastic idea.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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I was there this weekend, and i have to agree, it is a magnificent place. Dined at the newly opened Prime 44 West, named after NBA legend Jerry West. Probably one of the best steaks i've ever had.

As for the casino: They are currently using a small 3500 sq ft space under the Prime 44 restaraunt. They have two rooms, and a bar in there. It was packed this weekend. The new casino is being built under the original front lawn. It is a giant hole there right now, and kinda reminds me of Ground Zero in NYC. I saw a couple artist renditions of the place. It will be a spacious underground casino, and will rival some of the more luxurious ones in the country.

From my understanding, the new casino will not be open to the public, only guests of the resort.

Greenbrier owner Jim Justice was there on Saturday night, and he even had dinner at the table next to us in Prime 44. He's a really tall, large man. I would guess he's about 6'7 350 lbs. He seems pretty friendly, and was talking to lot's of the customers.

IMHO, the Greenbrier is a state treasure, and i hope every WV'ian takes the opportunity to at least visit this place in their lifetime.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:29 AM
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So the guy I was talking to was full of crud about the bunker. That's even better yet- I would want to tour the bunker as it was, not play table games in it, lol.

Once our kids are grown and college is paid for I can see my wife and I spending a long weekend or two there, but not right now, lol.

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Old 12-08-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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From my understanding, the new casino will not be open to the public, only guests of the resort.
I wonder if "guests-only" is enough of a market to make it profitable?
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:20 AM
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I don't know, but if you look at some of the packages they offer.. Whoooo-wheeee! Expensive baby!

I get all cranky if I pay $4 for a lousy bundle of firewood at Blackwater Falls, lol.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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I wonder if "guests-only" is enough of a market to make it profitable?
The law was written that way. It was very narrowly defined.
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