Australia

Strong lotteries jackpot performance boosted Tatts Group revenue for the first quarter of FY18, a boost of 6.8 percent compared to previous year period, according to the latest filing from the operator on Tuesday.

A new whistleblower in the Crown pokies tampering case has come forward, alleging that the casino operator instructed staff to remove certain gambling options that allowed punters to win too much.

Members of the Liberal National Party in Queensland have pledged their opposition to having a casino built on the Sunshine Coast, and have vowed to fight any attempt to secure a license, according to Sunshine Coast Daily.

Australian casino operator Crown Resorts is in discussions over its 62 percent stake in CrownBet, its online betting unit.

Woolworths chairman Gordon Cairns raised his doubts as to whether $1 bet limits would have any effect on helping problem gamblers, local media reports.

The supermarket chain owns more than 330 pubs and hotels across the country, most of which operate poker machines.

When asked about whether he would consider following Coles, which owns 89 hotels in the country to introduce $1 maximum bets on poker machines, Cairns replied that there is “no empirical evidence that [bet limits] will improve the incidences of problem gambling.”

Donaco International recorded strong performance in its main hall and slot machine businesses for the first four months of the 2018 financial year, but its VIP business saw mixed results.

The addition of “loot boxes” in video games has recently captured the attention of gaming regulators, who are increasingly viewing the new offering as an illegal form of gambling.

Foreign online bookmaker Unibet says it will be ramping up its marketing in Australia with the aim of increasing its market share.

Australian casino operator Crown Resorts has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors, Jane Halton and Toni Korsanos to the Crown board.

More than 25 percent of Australian online gamblers are users of illegal offshore gambling sites, and are more likely to be problem gamblers, according to a recent study.

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