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    500.com

    In China, 500.com holds the largest online sports lottery market share in terms of purchase amount of sports lottery products. It was also among the first companies to provide online lottery services in China, and it is the only government approved private online lottery service provider. 500.com acts as an aggregator and processor of lottery purchase orders from its registered user accounts to sports lottery administration centers, and offers a comprehensive and integrated suite of online lottery services, information, user tools and virtual community venues to their users.

    Abe, Shinzo

    A life-long politician from a family of politicians, Abe was groomed to be prime minister from a young age. He achieved this ambition briefly in 2006-2007, and then much more successfully since December 2012. Abe is a rightwing conservative and an advocate for the construction of IRs in Japan.

    Adelson, Sheldon

    Arguably the most powerful individual in the gaming industry, Adelson is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, largely credited with having developed the highly successful model of IR development based on MICE facilities. He is also a multi-billionaire who donates large sums of money to political campaigns in the United States and elsewhere.

    Allen, James

    In charge of the gaming operations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2001, Allen played a key role in the tribe's purchase of Hard Rock International in 2007. He has played the leadership role since that time.

    Baya, Tsunehachi

    After a career spent mainly in local government, Baya was first elected mayor of Rusutsu village in 2013. He was reelected in 2017.

    Biamonti, Jean-Luc

    Starting his career in banking, Biamonti joined Société des Bains de Mer as a Director in 1985 and rose to the position of Chairman a decade later. He became Chairman and CEO in 2013.

    Bloomberry Resorts Corporation

    Bloomberry Resorts have made several statements of interest in expanding into the Japan IR market, but to date it is not clear that it has taken concrete action in that direction.

    Bluhm, Neil

    Starting his career as a lawyer, Bluhm rose to become a self-made billionaire through the real estate industry. He later entered gaming, becoming a leading operator and developer in North America. He and his family are heavily involved in philanthropy. He is a donor to the US Democratic Party and a noted art collector.

    Bowers, Ed

    Bowers is MGM Resorts International's executive vice-president of global development and also has been CEO of MGM Resorts Japan since its establishment in 2014.

    Butler, Rodney

    Butler joined the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council in 2004 and became its chairman in 2010. When Felix Rappaport, president and CEO of Foxwoods, suddenly died in June 2018, Butler was appointed interim CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino as well.

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    Koizumi, Kazunari

    Koizumi spent most of his career in local politics, serving two terms as a city councilman and later winning election as Narita mayor in 2007, on his second attempt.

    Kumagai, Toshihito

    After briefly working in NTT Communications, Kumagai became a Chiba City Councilman for the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. His election as mayor in 2009 at age 31 made him the youngest-ever leader of a major Japanese city.

    Kontomerkos, Mario

    Well experienced in the financial industry, Kontomerkos joined Mohegan as Chief Financial Officer in 2011. In October 2017 he was promoted to the post of Chief Executive Officer with a mandate to diversify the company's holdings.

    Rittvo, Steve

    Currently serving as Partner and Adviser to Rush Street Gaming's campaign to gain an IR license in Japan, Rittvo has decades of experience in the gaming industry around the world. He is most associated with a company that he founded, The Innovation Group, for which he has served as chairman and CEO for decades.

    Wynn, Steve

    Before the collapse of his reputation in early 2018 over multple sexual assault allegations, Steve Wynn was regarded as a titan of the Las Vegas gaming industry, in which he had worked since 1967. Much later in his career, Wynn co-founded Wynn Resorts, whose IR developments in Las Vegas and Macau were regarded as some of the most innovative and well-designed.