Las Vegas' Big Gamble Opens

"When they called me to say I was hired, I was like a little 5-year-old shaking and stuff," said Delores Witherspoon, who was let go from her job months ago and just got hired at CityCenter as a security officer at Vdara. "When they said I got the job, I couldn't believe it. I hung up the phone and I was so excited because I knew things were changing."

CityCenter executives say they received tens of thousands of job applications and recount stories of some applicants arriving with their children and crying out of happiness when they learned they were being hired.

Despite all the joys of job hires and grand openings, there are still big questions here if Las Vegas can sustain such a big project in this economy.

But Murren said critics are going to be surprised at the success here.

"The economy is getting better. It's not a year ago, it's now," he said. "What would be a better catalyst to bringing people back to Las Vegas but this?"

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