PKR Poker Review

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Pros and Cons
  • More traffic since moving to Microgaming.
  • Rakeback up to 30%.
  • 3D Software option.
  • Improved VIP program.
  • Games are somewhat below average.
  • 3D software can be slower than 2D play.
  • Disappointing tournament action.

Expert View of PKR Poker

Due to their video game like software and social atmosphere PKR is a very friendly poker room for casual players. Their move to the Microgaming Network in 2016 has given players the chance to play with a larger pool of players.

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Notice: PKR went offline on May 5, 2017. It appears that all money was lost.

PKR Poker Summary

PKR poker tablesPKR hit the online poker scene in 2006 with one of the most unique platforms in history. It was the second poker site to use 3-D tables in its design with True Poker being the first. PKR’s platform is far superior to True Poker’s product, which was retired in recent years.

In 2016, PKR migrated players over to the MPN (Microgaming) Network. Players lost the full 3D client, but gained more games and tournaments to play. PKR still has a 3D version of the Microgaming platform but is a bit resource intensive due to its dependence on detailed graphics. Players can also choose to play on a traditional 2D version of the software, which is a clone of Microgaming’s regular software. In addition to a download client available for Windows and Mac machines, there is also a mobile app for iPad, iPhone and Android.

Although players have access to more tables and tournaments, the migration to MPN has meant generally tougher games

PKR does not accept American players as it left the U.S. market in 2006 after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed into law. U.S. players may create a play money account. The United States is one of the new countries that PKR does not accept real money play from.

New players can take advantage of a 200% up to E1,000 sign-up bonus and also receive 100 VIP Points to use in tournaments.

A Personal Opinion of PKR Poker

What I do not like about PKR

The 3D software can be a resource hog on older machines. It’s great if you have a newer machine but less ideal for older machines. We also don’t like how how the game quality (less fish) seems to have taken a turn for the worse after they moved to Microgaming.

What PKR Players are Saying

PKR players by and large don’t have a lot of negative things to say about this poker room.

Some complain about the software (especially those that like to play many tables) but many more players enjoy the software.  The software is not like other poker rooms, but if you don’t like it you can download the “Lite” version of PKR.

Players like many of the changes that have been made since the switch to Microgaming, which has opened up many more games and chances to play. On the other hand, the move has also tightened up the games, which used to be quite loose.


“the best point is the rake, due to a low cap its the lowest on all common networks”

PokerScout User


“its not for multi tablers or grinders but good fair games. too slow for pros but good for reg guy.”

PokerScout User


“Lobby is a bit confusing and traffic should be higher”

PokerScout User

Just because a poker room has a clean record, doesn’t mean there can’t be issues in the future. If you have a problem or know about a problem with PKR, please let us know about it.

Depositing and Withdrawing at PKR

B+

A large selection of payment options are accepted at PKR, each providing a safe and secure handing of player funds. Among the options for depositing include a selection of credit cards – the most popular method of payment on PKR. Specific credit cards include Visa, Maestro, Visa Electron and Mastercard as well we as prepaid credit card.

Wire transfers are also available but there is a downside in that your account may not be credited for 1-3 days after withdrawals. Additional options include popular ewallets such as Neteller and Skrill as well as prepaid options such as Paysafecard, Paypoint, EntroPay, Ukash and ClickandBuy. Players from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark can also use Paypal

For withdrawals, PKR makes it a goal to pay players within a 12 hour time frame on methods such as Skrill and Neteller. Other methods may have longer wait times due to logistics. Credit card and bank transfers can take up to 5 days, whereas cheque may take up to 15 days. Ewallet withdrawals may be paid immediately or within 48 hours, depending on the method being used.

Notable Payment Processors
  • mastercard
  • visa
  • neteller
  • paypal
  • skrill
Deposits
  • mastercard
  • visa
  • neteller
  • paypal
  • skrill
Withdrawals
Other Processors: Entropay / Webmoney / iDeal / Sofort / Paysafecard / Insadebit / Bank Draft

PKR Safety

PKR is a very safe online poker room. Launched in the mid 2000’s, PKR is probably one of the most well-respected poker rooms in the world, despite its relatively small size.

Its move to the Microgaming Network gave some players pause given that network’s relatively spotty record. However, PKR appears that is still operating relatively independently.

PKR’s track record combined with the brand’s strong licenses in Alderney and United Kingdom suggest that players can deposit their money and play on PKR with full confidence. If there is any concern with PKR it is that traffic has suffered over the years (although not as much as some competitors), but given the safeguards in place at the site, in our opinion this does not affect safety at PKR in any way.

PKR Bonus

Details

200% up to €1000

  • 50 VIPs per $1
  • 14 days to clear
  • 100 VIPs also awarded

New PKR players will receive a variety of “gifts” as a welcome offer, including a 200% up to €1000 bonus, 100 VIP points and 5 Free Games to play.

The rewards are all unlocked after a first deposit. PKR offers a 200% up to €1,000 first deposit bonus.  The bonus will be released in increments starting at 0.5% of the total bonus, increasing to 5%, the equivalent of 50 VIP Points per $1 of bonus.

Unfortunately, players only have 14 days after the initial deposit to earn the bonus, one of the lowest rates in online poker.

A €1000 new player freeroll will be available for six weeks. You will need to register for the freeroll manually. VIP Points will also be awarded to your account to enter real money tournaments. You will also get 5 chances to play PKR Casino’s “Hot as Hades” slot.

How to Earn PKR Points Tip

VIP Points are earned at a rate of 10 Points for every €1 in contributed rake or tournament buy-in fees.

PKR VIP

PKR offers a VIP program called Club PKR. Each tier has its own benefits, including monthly rewards up to 30% rakeback. PKR status level is determined by the number of monthly VIP points earned.

The more VIP Points you earn, the higher your level you will achieve, which will allow for larger cashable points rewards. Players can exchange VIP Points at a rate of 33 for each $1. “Non=cashable” VIP Points can be used for tournament entries at a rate of 250 Points per $1.

Here is a full list of PKR VIP status levels and rewards available:

Monthly VIP Points earned VIP Level Cashback %
0 Blue 5%
150 Silver 10%
500 Gold 15%
1,000 Platinum 20%
2,000 Sapphire 25%
3,000 Sapphire Elite* 30%

PKR Promotions

Top Promos

Progressive Jackpot Sit and Go
Happy Hour PKR
Flush Royale PKR

PKR offers a nice large first deposit bonus, but like the VIP program, PKR’s promotion lineup is a bit below average compared to larger poker rooms. Check the promotion page at PKR for the latest offerings, as they usually have at least one promotion where players can earn extra cash rewards going on.

Flush Royale

Hit a Royal Flush in PKR’s daily €500 event and instantly win a Vienna package.

Happy Hour

Earn 3x the regular VIP Points in ring games. Check PKR for the latest Happy Hour promotion periods.

Jackpot Sit N Gos

Microgaming Jackpot Sit N Gos award up to 1 million with each stake level having their own progressive jackpot. The higher the stakes, the larger the prize pool.

PKR Game Selection

PKR offers a choice of five main games: No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo. As a site on medium sized network, action at the micro to low limits could be described as steady to robust. Plentiful action is not as important to PKR’s core playerbase, as many of them only like to play one or two tables at a time.

PKR specializes in micro stakes to mid stakes No Limit Texas Hold’em with game selection plentiful up to €2/€4. There are even a few games at the higher limits. Pot Limit Omaha is available in blinds up to €1/€2 on a regular basis. Pot Limit Omaha High/Low players will only see active games in the penny stakes. The Stud games and other Omaha and No Limit Hold’em games have infrequent action.

PKR offers micro buyin multi table tournaments every few minutes and much to the liking of players — most of the tournaments have a guaranteed prize pool. Buy-ins for PKRs tournaments start as low as €0.01, although much of the action you will see is at buy-ins of €20 or less. Many tournaments also rebuys and add-ons.

For MTTs, you can find guaranteed tournaments, rebuys, 1R1A, turbo, super turbo and flash, flip, bounty, super bounty, big ante, deep stack, survivor and burst tournaments. These days, guaranteed tournaments are smaller on MPN with Sunday guaranteed tournaments capping at €25,000.

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PKR FAQ

Has there ever been a scandal at PKR?

PKR has a great reputation since they launched in the mid 2000’s. It has never been the scene of any scandals.

What poker network is PKR a part of?

PKR is a poker room on the Microgaming Network.

How do  players deposit at PKR?

PKR accepts a wide range of deposit options including Visa, Mastercard, Neteller, Skrill, Paypal, PaySafeCard, Entropay and bank transfer.

How do I withdraw from PKR?

PKR pays players by credit card, Neteller, Skrill, bank transfer and check. They strive to pay players within 12 hours for certain methods.

What is PKR’s first deposit bonus?

PKR players can take advantage of a 200% up to €1,000 match bonus on their first deposit plus miscellaneous extra rewarded. Bonuses must be earned within 14 days at a rate of 50 PKR Points per €1 of bonus money, the equivalent of a 20% rakeback rate.

Does PKR offer reload bonuses?

It is not known how frequently PKR offer reload bonuses after their move to MPN. Make sure to subscribe to the PKR newsletter to be kept up with their latest offers.

What games are available at PKR?

Players can find all the standard games (Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud) and less popular games such as 5 Card Draw, Razz and Blaze Poker.

Where can I get PKR rakeback?

Flat Rakeback is not available at PKR. Instead, PKR offers a VIP program where you can receive up to 30% rakeback

Where is PKR licensed?

PKR is licensed by two license agencies – the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the very reputable UK Gambling Commission.

What other poker rooms are members of the Microgaming Network (MPN)?

MPN is a popular poker network that is home to over 30 online poker networks. Other poker rooms on the network include 32Red, Betsafe, RedKings and Red Star Poker.

Can I modify PKR tables?

Yes, you should be able to modify 2D versions of the PKR software with mods such as this one.

Does poker tracking software work on PKR?

Since their move to the Microgaming Network,  PokerTracker 4,  Hold’em Manager 2 and Omaha Manager 2 are all supported.

Can I play at PKR from a Mac Client?

PKR offers those that have a Mac that ability to download a dedicated Mac version of the PKR client.

Does PKR offer a mobile version?

PKR offers apps for iOS and Android users.

How can I reach PKR customer support?

Customer support can be reached via email through the support@pkr.com address or through live chat.

Does PKR offer live support?

Yes, live chat is accessible from the PKR client or the PKR website.

How many tables can PKR players open?

You can open up ten tables at the same time at PKR on the Lite version of the software.

Which countries are not allowed at PKR?

PKR restricts real money play from China, Israel, Hong Kong, North Korea, South Africa, South Korea Turkey and the United States.