The applicants are: Bushkill Group Inc., which does business asFernwood Hotel & Resort and the Villas at Tree Tops and Fairwayin Bushkill; Valley Forge Convention Center Partners LP, for the488-room hotel in King of Prussia; Vacation Charters Ltd., whichdoes business as the Resort at Split Rock in Harmony, andCE-Palace, which does business as the Palace Inn, a 278-room hotelin Monroeville, which was acquired by Pittsburgh-based CozzaEnterprises in 2006.

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Gaming under a Category 3 license is provided as a patronamenity and restricts access to the gaming area. Those eligibleinclude overnight guests; patrons of one or more of the property'samenities, such as a golf course or skiing facility; authorizedemployees and people with a valid seasonal or year-round membershipthat provides access to other amenities.

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PGCB will make the two Category 3 selections following publichearings in each applicant's location and an investigation ofindividuals involved in each application. Those two steps will befollowed by a licensing hearing "to determine the suitability ofeach applicant to hold a license," according to a PGCB statement.The fee for a Category 3 license is $5 million. The timeline forhearings and awards has not yet been set.

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The awarding of the Category 3 licenses remained open after allothers were awarded in late 2006 because two initial applicationsdropped out. As GlobeSt.compreviously reported, the "patron" restriction caused NemacolinWoodland Resort in Farmington to withdraw its application. SevenSprings Mountain Resort in Champion withdrew because its ownersalso hold ownership in the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Major LeagueBaseball prohibits team owners from also owning gamblingvenues.

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