Banknotes will be allowed to be used in poker machines in South Australia for the first time under proposed new gaming laws.
The state government says the move will bring SA into line with other jurisdictions and will be strictly controlled to minimise harm.
"The denomination of banknotes and amount of money allowed to be inserted by a player would be strictly controlled to mitigate any potential risk to problem gamblers," Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said.
The reforms will also strengthen provisions to ban some patrons from pokie venues and will increase the range of programs to benefit from the gamblers rehabilitation fund.
Sporting and community clubs that hold poker machine licences will be allowed to merge or transfer licences more easily to ensure the viability and pokie venues will be allowed to open on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
"Through these reforms, we want to strike a balance between supporting an economically viable gaming industry and meeting the broader community's expectations around responsible and safe gaming," Ms Chapman said.
But the SA-BEST party, which had its genesis with former no pokies MP and senator Nick Xenophon, described the changes as "callous, thoughtless and heartless".
"Let us be very clear, note acceptors are not a harm-minimisation measure, they are the complete opposite of that," SA-BEST upper house MP Connie Bonaros said.
"Every single problem gambling expert will tell you that yet the attorney-general is using that argument as a selling point to her outrageous plans.
"For the attorney-general to say her proposal is simply bringing SA into line with other states completely undermines the harm reduction reasons behind some of these measures."