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Wayne Parry, Associated Press
In this March 28, 2012, photo, a worker fixes some slot machines that malfunctioned at Revel, the Atlantic City N.J., casino resort that had its first trial run the same day. The resort opens to the public on Monday, April 2.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — When the sun comes up Monday morning, Atlantic City will have one more casino.

Revel, the city's 12th casino, will open with a sunrise champagne toast on a deck facing the ocean.

The $2.4 billion resort is being counted on to help revive the sagging fortunes of the nation's second-largest gambling market.

Revel had to overcome numerous obstacles in order to reach Monday's opening. Three key executives working on the project died in a plane crash, the project ran out of money during the recession, and it only got completed with the help of state tax incentives.

It is Atlantic City's only non-smoking casino resort and the only one to fully embrace the ocean, with floor-to-ceiling views of the coast that are considered a no-no in other gambling halls.