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At one time, PKR.com was considered to be a gimmick experiment more than a viable poker site. Thanks to its unique (and somewhat revolutionary) fully animated 3D avatars, PKR.com was seen as graphical exercise before a poker experience.
But with an expanded casino games section and a climbing population of regular players (not to mention a redoubled effort towards bonuses and promotions,) PKR has made its way into the regular rotation for many grinders. In fact, the little site that was launched both without a network and without the US population base is now the 14th most trafficked site online according to Pokerscout.com.
PKR - Game Types:
It can be a little disappointing playing on PKR as the Pixar-Movie-of-Online-Poker only offers two poker variants, Texas Hold’em and Omaha . Both are relatively well populated with dozens of working tables active during peak hours. Stakes tend to be most populated at the $2/$4 and below, so don’t head out to PKR.com thinking you’re going big game hunting.
What PKR.com does have going for it in the way of game types are casino games. Not only can you get involved with fan favorites such as Blackjack and Mini-Roulette, but you can also test your luck with the always interesting Casino Hold’em game.
PKR.com allows you to make your first deposit and pick your bonus, from beginner to advanced. Deposit $10 or more using bonus code welcome5 and get an instant $5 after you play your first real money hand, or a relatively reachable 100% first time deposit bonus is offered on first time deposits of $25 up to $150 or 125% on first time deposits of $150 up to $500. In addition to the PKR sign-up bonus you will also get extra free gifts and the PKR Points system can end up in some very nice real world rewards for players. Particularly tournament players will find a lot of success with the PKR Points system, as 100 points are awarded per $1 of tournament fees. Unlike some of the other, more prominent online poker destinations, PKR players tend to find more mobility inside of the VIP program.
PKR also runs special promotion tournaments with regularity, such as the Terminator tournament series where each and every player involved comes with a bounty on their head… including you! The biggest regular tournament is a monthly $100,000 guaranteed prize pool Hold’em tourney with the biggest weekly tournament being the $30,000 Sunday Guaranteed Hold’em tourney.
PKR - Software and Features:
This is really where PKR shines, as in some ways, PKR is the most advanced online poker site up and running today.
Let’s begin with the obvious – the graphics and animation. PKR is a totally 3D rendered and animated poker environment. You sit down at a table, select your avatar and start playing. As your avatar, you have a multitude of actions at your disposal including laughing, crying, moving any number of your appendages, even flirting with some of the other players at the table.
The animation itself is pretty smooth –it’s not PlayStation 3, but you are a 3D character and your parts do move in a fundamentally realistic manner.
The rooms themselves vary between the standard casino style room to tropical paradise settings. The basic idea behind PKR is to flesh out the online poker experience and mimic some of the aspects of live poker which it make so appealing. These would include the settings, the physical actions of the players and so on and so forth.
PKR also does a good job of organizing its alleged 2.5 million users into an active community. Join PKR and you can begin blogging, reading site-generated content (which bills itself as part of the “coolest magazine in poker”) and get yourself up onto the regularly updated tournament leader boards and cash game leader boards.
In fact, PKR even injects itself into your non-online poker life with downloadable ringtones, screen savers and wallpapers.
In all fairness, note-taking options and some player tracker features are not all that too well-developed, particularly when compared with sites like Full Tilt. But PKR is unique in the online poker world as it is not catering to the really hardcore grinders out there – this is a site for people looking to play a little online poker and have some fun doing it. This means that the stakes tend to be a little lower than on other sites, but the chat boxes are infinitely friendlier and the sense of community is much more realized.
And for those of you hardcore grinders out there, you will be hard-pressed to hunt down more easily surmountable mid and low-stakes Sit and Goes than the ones you can find on PKR.
PKR - Behind the Scenes:
PKR is a community and a big part of constructing a functioning community is in attention to customer service and customer satisfaction as a whole.
3 distinct support email addresses, one for account, one for technical and one for game queries keep customer concerns collated and quickly answered (you can expect an answer to your question via email within 2-3 hours.) On top of the email support, 3 different FAQs section also keep things in line and if all else fails, PKR also offers phone support and a 24/7 live web chat with administrators and technicians.
PKR is licensed in the UK under the Alderney Gaming Control Commission (AGCC) and after scouring the laundry list of our members (in addition to multiple major online forums) no major cheating or payout problem reared its ugly face.