Established in 2006 and licensed out of the UK, PKR offers their players incredibly sophisticated 3D software and an interface that resembles a video game more than it does a poker room. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as the founder of PKR Technologies Ltd. as well as many of its software developers came to the company with a strong background in game design.
The downside to PKR’s sophisticated 3D software is that it requires a relatively large amount of hard disk space which can be burdensome for some older computers and also computers with weaker internet connections. Thankfully, PKR has had the foresight to design a “lite” version of their software allowing people with older model computers and poor internet service to get in on the action.
Online now for 4 years, PKR is a company on the move with user numbers steadily rising; it is expected to catch up with the big online players in the not so distant future. The game selection is somewhat less than fantastic on PKR; however, a great number of amateur players are drawn to the site solely for its amazing graphics so there is great action to be found there.
As mentioned earlier, the one of a kind graphics offered by PKR tends to draw the type of player whose primary attraction is the experience. As such, you will find some great action and very soft games on PKR.
While the game selection can be considered less than astounding, their tables are very well populated and you will have no problem finding working tables. The stakes for their Limit games range from $0.05/$0.10 to $30/$60 and the stakes for their No Limit games range from $0.05/$0.10 to $25/$50 with full, shorthanded and heads-up tables available. Most of the traffic at PKR is concentrated in the tables at the $2/$4 stake level and below. The games are quite soft but with most of the action at the lower stakes, you are not going to be doing a whole lot of big game hunting there.
The poker games on offer at PKR include:
• Texas Hold’em
• Omaha Hi/Lo
Should you find yourself looking to take a little break from poker, PKR also offers a variety of different casino games such as roulette and blackjack as well as sports betting. In addition, PKR also offers strip poker where you play to strip other player’s avatars of their clothing… which is great if you get off on the whole anime thing.
PKR hosts an excellent offering of daily tournaments with buy-ins ranging from as little as $1 to as high as $250. There is a lot of action in the tournaments with very loose play even in the higher stakes games.
Prize pools for their daily guaranteed tournaments range from $200 up to $3,000. The biggest regularly scheduled tournament offered on PKR is their monthly $100,000 guaranteed prize pool Texas Hold’em tournament and their biggest regularly scheduled weekly tournament is their $30,000 Sunday Guaranteed Texas Hold’em tournament. In addition to their regularly scheduled tournaments, PKR has an offering of promotional tournaments such as their Terminator tournament where bonuses are offered for taking down other players.
PKR has a great selection of freerolls. Their freerolls are generally large multi-table happenings with daily $50 freerolls and the occasional $1,000 and $2,500 freeroll. PKR runs freerolls and satellites to all of the big live tournaments, including: The World Series of Poker, The Asian Poker tour and many others.
For The Beginner
PKR is an excellent online destination for the new arrival to the world of poker. PKR doesn’t have an online poker academy as such; but, they do offer an incredibly rich library of poker related articles from your basic entry level “How To” articles to more advanced strategy based articles.
Undoubtedly, the jewel on PKR’s “literary” crown is their 74 page downloadable “How To Win at Online Poker” book. The online book offers thorough instruction on how to play Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo as well as basic strategies governing their respective play. The book is very well and simply written and the level of its lay out and design is nothing short of superior. In addition to their online manual, PKR has an excellent assortment of articles as well as an adequate instructional video library.
PKR offers a variety of play-money games and tournaments as well as plenty of freerolls to get your bankroll started. The general level of play at PKR is comfortably low, offering the newbie an excellent transition from play-money/free play into real money online poker.
Software Graphics and Features
The 3D design and graphics of PKR’s software is above and beyond anything else offered in the online poker industry. Their fully customizable characters and emotion (emote) controls are truly innovative and unique to their poker room. PKR offers limitless customization options that allow players to design every aspect of their avatar’s look from clothing to tattoos, from headphones to body piercings. In addition, the accumulation of PKR points grants players access to additional clothing and accessory options.
PKR has incorporated their avatars with an Emote Control system which allows players to interact with other players expressing their virtual mood through chatting, body language and facial expressions allowing players to get reads from other players as well as to project emotion to fake out other players.
The advanced 3D graphics also manifest themselves in the selection of backgrounds available which include, Paradise Island, Chinatown, Monte Carlo and Basement Bar.
All said and done, PKR provides for an original playing experience. One downside; however, is that PKR software only supports up to four table simultaneous play with a mini-view feature that allows for viewing 3 tables together in the same window. The lobby is very well organized and provides complete table information such as average pot size, hands played per hour and viewed flop percentage. Not to be forgotten are PKR’s strip poker games which allow you to get your poker on and your virtual rocks off at the same time.
• The best graphics in the industry
• Fully customizable and realistic 3D avatars
• Avatar emotion control
• Incredible background options
• Well organized lobby
• Lite version of software for older computers and poor connection
• Realistic game play
• Excellent chat feature
• Last Hand feature
PKR offers one of the best sign-up bonuses for new players in the industry, meeting their initial deposit with a 100% sign-up bonus up to $800. The bonus is cleared earning 300 PKR points for every $1 within a 60 day time limit. As players may earn up to 150 points per raked hand, the sign-up bonus at PKR is relatively easy to clear, as well as generous.
PKR has a great loyalty program dubbed Club PKR. Players earn 100 PKR points for every $1 spent in tournament entry fees. Generally, the fee works out to approximately 10% of the buy in. Regarding ring games, players are awarded PKR points based on raked hands played. The maximum number of PKR points that may be earned in any hand is 300 which is capped in association with the maximum rake PKR takes. In addition, PKR allows players to purchase additional PKR points with cash by way of the PKR shop.
The PKR points accumulated also determine your loyalty level in Club PKR. The loyalty level is determined by the number of PKR points that you accumulated over a lifetime as opposed to within a particular time frame, such as monthly or quarterly as is the case with other sites, so that should you take a break from play, you don’t have to worry about losing your status. Another plus to PKR’s loyalty program is that once you make purchases using your PKR points, the PKR points that you spend still count towards your loyalty level.
PKR points can be used to:
• Purchase a selection of cool items from the PKR shop including clothing, bags, books and magazines, computer related items, electronics and tickets for live events.
• Gain entry into exclusive PKR point tournaments.
In addition to their great loyalty program, PKR hosts a variety of promotions including:
• Half Price Thursdays- 50% off buy ins on Thursdays in February for some of their biggest guaranteed tournaments while maintaining the prize pool.
• MTT Super League- Buy in for $30+$3 and play in up to 10 league tournaments. Payouts are awarded based on your top 6 tournament standings.
• Nuts- PKR has partnered with the top selling magazine Nuts to create a Nuts themed room. There are a variety of Nuts related promotions that surface periodically to participants in the room.
• Loaded- PKR has created a room inspired by Loaded, one of the UK’s most popular men’s lifestyle magazines. There are excellent Loaded promotions offered to participants in the room.
• Cash Game TV- Every Tuesday, PKR offers an exclusive cash game table that is filmed and later broadcasted on television. The game is first come first serve and the stakes vary from week to week.
The level of customer support on PKR is quite good. They do not offer telephone support but do offer 24/7 live chat and email support. Their live chat is quite good and their support staff is knowledgeable and courteous. Their email support is also good and they will generally respond within 48 hours.
In addition, PKR has a very thorough database of FAQs as well as a well written and downloadable User guide that helps players get the most out of PKR’s ground breaking features.