PKR Poker is truly a one-of-a-kind experience in the online poker world and the only site that offers an interface that resembles a video game more than a poker room.
An independent poker site for over 10 years PKR has now officially joined the Microgaming Poker Network as of Feb. 2016, effectively increasing traffic 6x and expanding the tournament lineup and guarantees tremendously.
Traffic will now match that of industry stalwart Party Poker with three times as many tournaments as before and over €3.5 million in tournament prizes every month. PKR players will also gain access to MPN’s fast-fold poker variant, Blaze Poker. Two new casinos - PKR Casino and PKR Vegas - are added with over €7 million in jackpots.
Stunning 3D Poker Software
Still the same, though, is the stunning 3D software which makes the poker experience incredibly fun and realistic. Although the software does take up more space and is more resource intense, it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something unique.
The best thing about PKR Poker is that the site draws a crowd whose primary focus is having a fun experience instead of strategy or skill, which makes for some ridiculously soft - and lighthearted - games.
PKR Poker has more in common with video games than the majority of poker sites and it definitely has the most options for customizing your avatar and playing experience. The major downside is that multi-tabling is a challenge. Fortunately the client has in-game BlackJack and Video Poker to keep you entertained.
Beyond the glossy 3D interface there is a solid poker client here and good players can reap the benefits if they’re willing to put in the time and sacrifice the hard-drive space to install PKR Poker.
PKR Poker currently spreads Hold'em and Omaha in Limit, No-Limit and Pot-Limit form, as well as both multi- and single-table tournaments.
BONUS CODE AND PROMOTIONS
PKR Bonus Code
Exclusive up to €1,000 sign-up bonus at 200% deposit match for PokerListings players.
Exclusive PKR bonus code for PokerListings players: PL500
PKR Bonus Payout
Bonus is only open to new PKR customers on their first deposit of $150 or more. To clear bonuses, players need to earn 400 points per $1 within a 60-day time limit. Players earn up to 150 points per raked hand, making the bonuses very easy to clear even at the lower stakes.
PKR Loyalty Program & Promotions
With the new move to Microgaming PKR has also revamped its loyalty program, now named the PKR Poker VIP Club. Players accumulate frequent player points for cash-game and tournament play and the points can later be redeemed for merchandise, entry into special freerolls and VIP access at live events.
More players at all stake levels will be rewarded "overwhelmingly" more than before in the new program with perks like reload bonuses, invite-only tournaments, increased deposit limits and even birthday gifts.
Exclusive Offers for PokerListings players:
- A month’s worth of $200 Premium Freeroll tickets ($6,000 total Prize Pools)
TOURNAMENTS AND FREEROLLS
PKR Poker hosts a wide variety of tournaments every day with buy-ins from as little as $1 all the way up to $250. The events are well-attended and the fields are super soft. Play at any level is quite loose, even at some of the higher stakes.
With the move to Microgaming PKR Poker now offers even more guaranteed tournaments and satellites with $3.5m in guaranteed tournaments every month. PKR Poker offers several smaller guaranteed tournaments that run daily.
PKR Poker runs lots of free tournaments as well with freerolls usually well-visited and filled with extremely loose play. The tournaments are often large multi-table events and usually in No-Limit Texas Hold'em, typically with relatively small prize pools.
There are plenty of them, however, and they do run very often. 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 great value.
SOFTWARE AND GRAPHICS
The software at PKR Poker is of course its main selling point. The unique 3D platform offers some breathtaking visuals and an insane amount of customization, which gives players an experience that is as close to a real casino as possible.
In fact graphics have only gotten better with every update and the tables look incredibly good these days. As soon as you take a seat you'll be treated to an entirely different poker experience with animated players shoving their chips in the middle, drinking virtual drinks, laughing or berating opponents. It's unique to say the least.
As a poker client PKR Poker has most of the industry-standard features including ring games, Sit & Go's and multi-table tournaments. PKR Poker features No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha and Omaha Hi-Lo although NLHE gets most of the traffic. You won't find any Seven-Card Stud or Razz on the site.
The negative side of the intense PKR Poker graphics is that the poker client takes more space and consumes more computer resources than any other poker site. Computers from 1991 need not apply.
The multi-table experience is also fairly limited with support for only four tables at once. To make matters worse the software tends to slow right down when playing four tables because of the 3D graphics.
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The traffic is definitely busiest at the lower stakes and the games vary from relatively loose to very loose, often showing a viewed-flop percentage up to 50%-60% at full tables. This translates to very juicy and loose games for all players.