Tasmania has banned alcohol service for pokie players in the state, with the hospitality association calling the new restrictions harsh and restrictive.
Patrons in pubs that are playing, whether seated or standing at a machine will not be served alcohol and at casinos, patrons playing cannot be served alcohol between 6pm and close of gambling.
The Tasmanian Hospitality Association through Steve Old said the laws were the harshest in the nation and make it difficult for people to gamble in a pub or club.
There are also changes to the maximum amount of cash that can be withdrawn from EFTPOS machines in venues with poker machines. A $100 limit will not now apply and $200 limit for casinos.