Overview: Launched in 2006, PKR Poker claims to be the world’s most advanced, friendly and exciting poker room, mainly due to its innovative 3D game action, providing players with an experience more akin to a video game than an online poker website. PKR boasts an online forum for players to chat and compare poker tips, as well as an online Hall of Fame for successful players to be commended.
The Competition: PKR Poker tends to draw a crowd whose primary focus is trying out new software – those with more interest in having a diverting experience than using strategy for success. The lack of skill makes for some soft games, ideal for a serious player to take advantage of. The traffic is much busier at the lower stakes and the games are overwhelmingly quite loose. The site’s dearth of experienced players ensures that traffic on PKR Poker mainly consists of low stakes, recreational players attracted by the lure of 3D graphics and its novelty value.
Cash Games: Rather limited selection of Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo and Omaha.
Promotions: PKR Poker places a great deal of significance on attracting new players; offering a welcome bonus of 200% up to $1,000 which is released as you play, at a rate of $1 for every 400 PKR points. New players also can avail of 7 tournament tickets worth $10, a free $10 casino bonus and entry to freerolls (with $2,000 in prize pools). PKR’s Leprechaun’s Jackpot is worth a tempting $195,000. Players can cash in their aces and win an instant prize of up to $100 and three leaderboard prizes of up to $1,000. On a negative note, the VIP loyalty scheme isn’t massively appealing – there are no points-to-cash programs at Club PKR, instead higher tiered players receive VIP access to events and increased deposit limits.
Tournaments: Tournaments are plentiful and frequent. PKR hosts a wide variety of tournaments every day, offering buy-ins from as little as $1 all the way up to $250. They’re usually well-attended and play is relatively soft. Up to $10,000 jackpot can be won in the Sit and Go tournament while $50,000 is up for grabs in the PKR Masters on the first Sunday of each month. The site’s most popular tournament is the $10,000 Mini Masters, which has over 1,000 entrants every month. The freerolls with larger prize pools are usually part of bigger promotions or played as invitational tournaments, but there are also occasional $2,500 freerolls that give players excellent value.
Software: Software on the PKR site isn’t like any other site you will have experienced. It’s on a different level entirely; the unique 3D platform offers superb visuals and an incredibly high level of customisation options. Players can choose avatars, play in realistic virtual surroundings and use a range of animated emotes. Players are encouraged to feel like they are in an actual casino. A criticism of the site may be the lack of multi-table options, its fairly limited with support for only four tables at once.
Banking: PKR supports monetary transactions via Neteller, Skrill, Webmoney and traditional bank transfer. The site claims to offer world class security regarding deposits and withdrawals. They have a minimum $10 deposit (maximum deposit limits are $800 daily, $1000 weekly and $3000 monthly) and withdrawals are effectively processed within 12 hours.
Customer Service: Forms of customer service include 24/7 email and live chat options. Customers have been less than impressed by the live chat, they’re have been complaints of long waiting periods for responses. The email option, on the other hand, is known to be fast and effective in answering queries.
Why Join?: PKR has arguably more in common with video games than online poker sites and as a result is definitely worth investigating. The sheer amount of customisation options make it an attractive project for players who enjoy experimenting with software styles, and the low stakes games are suitable for new and recreational players.
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