Slot design specialist Lightning Box has secured a new agreement with High 5 Games, one of the pioneers of social casino gaming.

South Australia Deputy Premier John Rau said he has received “disturbing” reports of online gambling providers enticing children and other vulnerable people to gamble, local media reports.

Ainsworth Game Technology says it expects to make up for a difficult first half of the financial year, with product approval delays, temporary margin impacts, change in sales mix and lower unit sales in Asia impacting on results.

Australia saw total expenditure on gambling increase 3.9 percent in the 2015-16 period, with sports betting clocking the highest growth at 13 percent year-on-year.

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.