Pubs, clubs, and pokies lounges can be found all over South Australia, not just in the metropolitan Adelaide area but also in many regional towns. It’s not unlikely a country town with only one pub in the quiet main street will offer a handful of pokie machines, so the chance to try your luck with a few dollars is never far out of reach. We provide a directory of some of the major pokies venues in South Australia, the gambling laws in SA and information about online pokies alternatives.
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Pokies venues in South Australia
With hundreds of pokies venues around the state, here is just a sample of some of the bigger pubs and clubs offering the pokies around the Adelaide CBD and surrounding metropolitan area:
Adelaide Casino – Station Road, Adelaide
Arab Steed Hotel – 214 Hutt Street, Adelaide
Arkaba Hotel – 150 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton
Avoca Hotel – 893 South Road, Clarence Gardens
Bombay Bicycle Club – 29 Torrens Road, Ovingham
Brighton Metro Hotel – 466 Brighton Road, Brighton
Brompton Hotel -5 First Street, Brompton
Buckingham Arms – 1 Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton
Empire Hotel – 414 Prospect Road, Kilburn
Glynde Hotel – 492 Payneham Road, Glynde
Goodwood Hotel – 75 Goodwood Road, Goodwood
Highway Hotel – 290 Anzac Highway, Plympton
Hope Inn – 348 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Hotel Metropolitan – 46 Grote Street, Adelaide
Jackpots on Pulteney – 471 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
Jetty Bar Glenelg – 28 Jetty Road, Glenelg
Kensington Hotel – 23 Regent Street, Kensington
Mansions Tavern – 21 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
Mile End Hotel -30 Henley Beach Road, Mile End
Norwood Hotel – 97 The Parade, Norwood
Oxford Hotel – 101 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide
Rosemont Hotel – 160 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Robin Hood Hotel – 315 Portrush Road, Norwood
Royal Oak Hotel – 123 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide
Seaton Hotel – 253 Tapleys Hill Road, Seaton
Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL – 10 Semaphore Road, Semaphore
Seven Stars Hotel – 187 Angas Street, Adelaide
Strathmore Hotel – 129 North Terrace, Adelaide
The Hotel Royal – 180 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville
The Palais – The Esplanade, Semaphore
Tonsley Hotel – 1274 South Road, Clovelly Park
Walkers Arms Hotel – 36 North East Road, Walkerville
Warradale Hotel – 234 Diagonal Road, Warradale
Woodville Hotel – 878 Port Road, Woodville
SA Pokies gambling laws explained
The operation and distribution of pokie machines in South Australia is governed by the Gaming Machine Regulations Act of 2005, an Act which remains in hot debate in South Aussie politics. The major concern regarding the operation of pokie machines is problem gambling, and as such any land-based venues offering the pokies must have systems in place which support responsible gambling practises and provide support to those looking for help.
Excluding the Adelaide Casino, all pokies venues in SA must fall into a ‘major’ or ‘minor’ category, with major venues being limited to a maximum of 60 pokies machines and minor venues being limited to a maximum of 20 pokies machines and must also serve food and drinks on the premises. South Australia is the only Australian state which has banned the use of notes to play the pokies, with machines accepting pre-paid tokens or $1 coins only.
Despite 3,000 pokie machines being removed from circulation in South Australia a few years back, there are currently 13,000 pokies to be found around the state, with around 1,000 of these machines located within the Adelaide Casino. The pokies will always be a subject of debate in South Australia, but unless any laws change it remains 100% legal to play the pokies, provided you are over 18 years of age.
What about mobile or online pokies?
Thanks to the expansion of online gaming, South Aussies no longer need to venture out to the Adelaide Casino or the local pub or RSL to try their luck on the pokies. You can now play the pokies online for real money bets, with hundreds of game titles, themes and formats to choose from by leading software developers like Microgaming, Net Entertainment, BetSoft, iSoftBet, Play’n Go, Thunderkick, QuickSpin and more.
Online pokies can be accessed in instant-play mode or by downloading exclusive casino software or apps for desktop and mobile play. The top licensed casinos for Aussie players include those listed in our tables at the top of this page.
Sign up for an account with any of the safe casino sites to claim some incredible welcome bonuses, including free spins on selected popular pokies. You also have the option to try online pokies for free in demo mode before laying down any real money wagers. Give online play a go and see how these virtual casinos compare to a night out playing pokies in Adelaide.