Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Opens New Gaming and Entertainment Zone

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New area replaces portion of facility lost in 2011 blizzard

Northeast Oklahoma’s premier gaming and entertainment destination is even better with the unveiling of a new expansion at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

The expansion replaces a portion of the facility lost in the 2011 blizzard and provides a two-story non-smoking gaming and hospitality experience, with 500 additional electronic games, 15 more table games, a poker room, a media bar and a food court.

“We are proud to continue offering the best entertainment options in northeast Oklahoma. Although we’re celebrating a new casino today, there is a greater purpose being served here,” said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “The first act I signed in to law as Principal Chief mandated an additional 5 percent of casino profits be directed specifically to contract health services to fund things like eyeglasses, dentures and special surgeries. This is in addition to the 30 percent that funds housing, education and other health services. Every time a person visits one of our casinos, it helps to strengthen our people.”

Overlooking the first floor is Replay, a media bar that features more than 50 high definition television screens ranging from 32 inches to 103 inches and a digital sports ticker above the bar, making it the perfect location to watch sports while enjoying a wide variety of more than 50 beers.

Along with electronic gaming and a new poker room, the first floor also includes a food court that offers three dining options. Enjoy pizza at Slice or Mexican food at Salsa and burgers, sandwiches or breakfast at Flipside.

The entire area is accessible from a sky bridge on the north side, an entrance connected to the parking garage and an entrance from the parking lot on the east side.

“This casino is a tourist destination for Oklahoma and for the Cherokee Nation,” said Shawn Slaton, executive vice president, Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “Our success in gaming directly impacts the success of the Cherokee Nation and our communities in Oklahoma by increasing funding for services, generating tourism dollars and bringing visitors to our great state.”

Cherokee Nation was just named Tribal Destination of the Year by the American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association and was presented the award at today’s grand opening.

The next phase of construction includes a new 10-story hotel tower to open later this year, making Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa the largest hotel in northeast Oklahoma. The addition of 100 suites will increase the room count to 456 rooms and suites.

The construction cost for the entire expansion project is $52 million. The property will employ nearly 1,500 people when the hotel tower is complete.

The Cherokee Nation first opened the property in 1993 as Cherokee Bingo Outpost with only 80 employees. It later became Cherokee Casino Resort, the state’s first gaming and resort destination, and in 2009 assumed the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa offers nearly 2,600 electronic games, multiple dining options and nightspots, a theater-style event center, convention space, an art gallery, a jewelry store, a clothing store and a championship 18-hole golf course.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off of Interstate 44 at exit 240. For more information, visit http://www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com or call (800) 760-6700.

Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the gaming, entertainment, hospitality, retail and tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. CNE operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; seven Cherokee Casinos in Roland, Sallisaw, West Siloam Springs, Tahlequah, Fort Gibson, Claremore and Ramona; two Cherokee Outpost convenience stores; six retail tobacco shops; four gift shops; two golf courses; the Cherokee Travel Plaza; and four hotels. CNE employs more than 3,500 people in northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

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