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PKR Review

Overview

This is where PKR stands out from all other online poker rooms today. They have taken online poker to the next level and have given it a “live” feel. When playing at competing poker sites all you do is click the mouse with no real action to keep the average player captivated. However, at PKR you will never be bored while you play.

PKR’s lobby has one of the best layouts we’ve seen to date. Everything is organized with tabs and colors. You can customize what is being displayed and sort the tables by any means. Also, if you select the “Me” tab at the top you can create a custom character for you to use at your tables. Through the lobby you can spend PKR Points to get custom clothing, chip tricks, or choose from numerous selections to satisfy yourself (or anyone else).

When you first sit down at the table you might be a little overwhelmed by the options. The first thing you would want to do is change the camera to whatever seems most comfortable. I was surprised to see all the different methods, anything from overview to a first person mode. Next to the camera options you will find various animated emotes for your character to act. There are many to choose from so as to enhance your game and chat. Yes, your character has several catch phrases. It can get annoying as many players just spam the same ones over and over. You do have the option to disable them. These options may be entertaining for someone looking for a fun game, but to a serious poker player they just tend to be a nuisance.

Another nuisance at the table is that your cards are not always displayed for you. When first dealt your hand your character is shown your cards, but they disappear and are not shown again until you press “Look at Cards.” There doesn’t seem to be an option so your cards are always displayed; a major frustration. Often hands are slowed down because players want to look at their cards in deciding what to do. This also makes multi-tabling, hard enough to begin with, even more difficult.

While playing, hand histories are instantly available for you to peruse right at the table. There is a tab on the right side of the table to open them. Hand histories are also automatically saved onto your desktop. One problem is that they are in a rather disorganized format. Programs such as Poker Tracker currently do not support PKR.

PKR has a very unique and interesting approach to online poker. Making it a 3D environment really adds to the feel of the game. However, for the serious player PKR may be more style than substance. While you can play up to 12 tables of real money at once it’s pretty hard beyond four. They’re adding new features to try and improve this. For example, when sitting at more than one table, your tables will be displayed in a mini-view on the right of the window. Clicking on any of these mini-views will bring up the selected table in normal size.

Mac players should be happy that PKR has a software client exclusively for Mac users. This software client is a close port to its PC counterpart.

If you need a break from the same old online poker room and want to play in a video game-like world for real money, give PKR a try!

Software Interface/Usability

This is where PKR stands out from all other online poker rooms today. They have taken online poker to the next level and have given it a “live” feel. When playing at competing poker sites all you do is click the mouse with no real action to keep the average player captivated. However, at PKR you will never be bored while you play.

PKR’s lobby has one of the best layouts we’ve seen to date. Everything is organized with tabs and colors. You can customize what is being displayed and sort the tables by any means. Also, if you select the “Me” tab at the top you can create a custom character for you to use at your tables. Through the lobby you can spend PKR Points to get custom clothing, chip tricks, or choose from numerous selections to satisfy yourself (or anyone else).

When you first sit down at the table you might be a little overwhelmed by the options. The first thing you would want to do is change the camera to whatever seems most comfortable. I was surprised to see all the different methods, anything from overview to a first person mode. Next to the camera options you will find various animated emotes for your character to act. There are many to choose from so as to enhance your game and chat. Yes, your character has several catch phrases. It can get annoying as many players just spam the same ones over and over. You do have the option to disable them. These options may be entertaining for someone looking for a fun game, but to a serious poker player they just tend to be a nuisance.

Another nuisance at the table is that your cards are not always displayed for you. When first dealt your hand your character is shown your cards, but they disappear and are not shown again until you press “Look at Cards.” There doesn’t seem to be an option so your cards are always displayed; a major frustration. Often hands are slowed down because players want to look at their cards in deciding what to do. This also makes multi-tabling, hard enough to begin with, even more difficult.

While playing, hand histories are instantly available for you to peruse right at the table. There is a tab on the right side of the table to open them. Hand histories are also automatically saved onto your desktop. One problem is that they are in a rather disorganized format. Programs such as Poker Tracker currently do not support PKR.

PKR has a very unique and interesting approach to online poker. Making it a 3D environment really adds to the feel of the game. However, for the serious player PKR may be more style than substance. While you can play up to 4 tables of real money at once it’s pretty hard beyond 2. They’re adding new features to try and improve this. For example, when sitting at more than one table, your tables will be displayed in a mini-view on the right of the window. Clicking on any of these mini-views will bring up the selected table in normal size.

If you need a break from the same old online poker room and want to play in a video game-like world for real money, give PKR a try!

Poker Room Action

PKR may look great but that doesn’t always correlate to player volume. Their player base has grown since launch but, as stated earlier, there may be times when play money is more popular than real money. Although they offer Hold’em and Omaha don’t expect to see an Omaha table running. There is still enough action in the real money games to play, especially if your bankroll is suited for mid-stakes.

Ease of Game, Ease of Making Money, Fish Rating

Don’t expect to see a lot of multi-tabling sharks at PKR. In fact, it’s safe to say 80% or more of the players don’t even know how to play Hold’em but are just playing because it looks neat. It looks like a video game and some players are playing real money games like it is a video game! Our advice is to play tight and take their money. You will occasionally run into a rock, but this is definitely the fishiest website currently open.

Bonus and Promotions

PKR currently offers a great bonus for all players, whether you are just starting out or have been around the block. If the software itself isn’t enough to get you to try PKR, we have 1,000 other reasons why you should. By signing up through FlopTurnRiver, you can take advantage of a 100% first deposit bonus up to $1,000! In order to qualify for the money you must use the links on this page and enter the PKR bonus code 200PKR when making your first deposit.

The bonus becomes yours when you earn 400,000 PKR Points total (or if you don’t deposit $1,000, 400 per $1). Your bonus will be divided into 100 equal increments, which will be released when you achieve the necessary point total. Earn PKR points by playing cash games, tournaments, and sit and gos. You’ll get 100 points for every dollar in rake or touney fees you pay.

The bonus will be given in 100 equally sized pieces; it must be earned within 60 days.

As a new player at PKR, you’ll also get entry into freerolls with a combined prize pool of $2,000 as well as 1,000 free PKR points.

As you keep playing poker and generating PKR Points, you’ll increase your ranking in Club PKR. The rewards of the Club depend on the level you achieve, but they include birthday gifts, freerolls, and tournament tickets. You’ll be able to spend your points on poker books, computer accessories, clothing, and more in the PKR shop. Unlike at many competing poker rooms, once you achieve a level in Club PKR, it’s yours for life. There’s no falling back to a previous level if you fail to meet a certain requirement for gameplay.

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Customer and Technical Support

PKR had good support when tested. An e-mail sent to them with various questions about their software had a reply sent within 4 hours. They have a few ways to contact them listed on their website including live web chat, e-mail, and toll-free (for some countries) telephone. The easiest way to contact PKR is through the contact form on their website.

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