Hard Rock Tulsa Poker Room Review

The Hard Rock Tulsa poker room, with its Thursday night tournament, seemed a good place to stop along our trek from Texas back to Massachusetts. We knew little about the casino in general and the poker room is a modest size, but the site had a reasonable-looking inexpensive hotel, which was perfect for the travel plan. Other Hard Rock locations we have visited, particularly the Hollywood and Tampa Florida ones, were very good. So we were hopeful that Tulsa would be a good stop.

Casino Setting 

The Hard Rock Tulsa is right off Route 44, just east of downtown Tulsa. While relatively easy to get to off the highway, when you enter the complex the signs for hotel check-in are very confusing. We were staying at the property that night and there was one main check-in for the three distinct hotel entities. We tried to follow the signs, but finally gave up and walked in to ask (finding assistance was not easy either). Eventually, with some guidance and guesswork, we found the hotel check-in by driving around the building toward the back. It was still not totally clear that we had arrived near check-in, but it turns out we were correct.

Hard Rock Tulsa Exterior
Does this shout “hotel check-in” to you?

The Hard Rock property is pretty isolated on this urban strip. You won’t be taking a pleasant stroll around the area. But it did not feel particularly unsafe either.

Non-Poker Amenities

Hard Rock Tulsa offers a full-service casino with slots, and table games. The casino floor feels a bit disjointed, with a lot of smaller dark areas off the main dark areas. Nothing seemed intuitive. And like the outside, the inside of the property is not particularly well-signed. Hard Rock Tulsa

Hard Rock Tulsa also hosts a large hotel on site with three separate “towers” (Hard Rock, Cherokee, and All Suite). Prices were reasonable midweek, off season when we stayed there. Our room in the All Suite tower was dark (heavy dark paneled walls, huge curtains, dim lighting), but very large, and clean. The room was quiet and the bed was comfortable. We had a quiet, restful night with no complaints about our accommodations.

Dining options were a bit limited at Hard Rock Tulsa, especially after 9pm on a weeknight. When Heather went out of the tournament just before 9pm, her only option was a quick slice of pizza right before the small food court closed down at 9pm. There is a single higher-end restaurant, the steakhouse McGill’s. After that, there is a buffet, diner, burger place, coffee shop, Mexican place, and pizza. All of them closed at 9pm. Even most of the bars looked closed for the night.

There is an entertainment venue that hosts a range of acts, with several country performers and some pop/rock nostalgia coming soon (e.g., Billy Idol, Rick Springfield, Todd Rundgren).

Hard Rock Tulsa Poker Room Comfort

The 14-table poker room at the Hard Rock Tulsa is up on the second floor, away from the main casino. It is then housed in a separate room off a hallway. The room (unlike the rest of the property) was well-lit overall, with high ceilings, and well-spaced tables. Classic rock was piped into the room for our entire time there.

Hard Rock Tulsa poker room entrance

The poker room chairs are reasonably comfortable, although they do not have wheels and are not adjustable. However, they are at least well-padded. The tables are attractive and clean, with reasonable spacing. Tables feature a padded rail, functioning USB ports (although not all were working), and auto-shufflers.

The table felts are all clean, but some of the chips could use a wash. The cards were a bit flimsy, as they were paper rather than plastic. Play is nine-handed, but the tables are large enough that everyone has some elbow room.

Poker Room Staff

The Hard Rock Tulsa poker room dealers were friendly, in fact, perhaps a bit too chatty and informal. They were probably letting too much-distracted play and negative commentary go. One player got fairly out of hand, but staff just let him continue being disruptive at the table. Both the atmosphere and play would have been improved had they reined it in a bit. Their dealing skill and knowledge seemed solid. Floors did a reasonable job running the tournament. Wait staff circulated frequently.

Players at Hard Rock Tulsa Poker Room

The players at Hard Rock Tulsa poker room were a mix of ages and playing styles. My first table had a player refuse to stop talking, was betting big, and claiming he was on tilt because he had just lost $700 in a cash game. He ran hot for a bit, but his overaggressiveness eventually was his undoing. There were some other notably aggressive players as well – betting big to protect your made hand was a clearly a shared strategy. The room held a lot of regulars, some sniping at each other across an emotional range from friendly to irritated.

Hard Rock Tulsa poker room interior

Tournament Structure

As of this writing, the Hard Rock Tulsa poker room offers $120 buy-in tournaments on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The starting stack is 20,000 chips, and blinds are 20 minutes. The structure felt reasonable, with some decent play 4-5 hours into the event.

In our tracking of tournament activity, the Hard Rock Tulsa tournaments get about 50-70 players. Our Thursday night tournament ended up with 64 entries.



Cash Game Activity

On this Thursday night, the Hard Rock Tulsa poker room was running one cash table. From our recent tracking of cash games (see our cash game activity update), Hard Rock Tulsa sees anywhere from 2 to 4 tables of $1/$2 cash on most nights. They don’t seem to get a $2/$5 table going very often, but will sometimes get a PLO or BIG O table.

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Overall Assessment of Hard Rock Tulsa Poker Room

The Hard Rock Tulsa poker room is a small mid-range venue. We found it a bit disappointing for a large chain like Hard Rock. While dealers are solid, they could use some work in controlling player behavior. While we liked our hotel room, the casino itself was dark, a bit run down, and lacked quality dining options. If you need a stopover on a cross-country journey, you could do worse, but this is not a spot we suggest making any notable effort to see.

  • Comfort
  • Tournament Structures
  • Personnel
3.7

Summary

The Hard Rock Tulsa poker room is a small mid-range venue. We found it a bit disappointing for a large chain like Hard Rock. While dealers are solid, they could use some work in controlling player behavior. While we liked our hotel room, the casino itself was dark, a bit run down, and lacked quality dining options.

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