PKR Poker Review 2016
PKR Poker offers players a poker experience unlike any other. The site has won many awards for its 3D poker software and, in addition to proving a fully-immersive product for PC and Mac, PKR Poker has developed a mobile version of its industry-leading software for iOS and Android.
Not only is the product excellent, but PKR Poker also offers a generous welcome bonus, one of the most lucrative rewards programs and a player pool of recreational players – whose skills at using the customization options may be abundant, but who are not always so proficient at the tables!
PKR Software and Poker Download
Before launching into our review of PKR Poker, we ought to point out that – due to the poker software 3D animation and depth of features – not all computers can play the full version of the PKR download. Older computers and those with slower processors or limited memories may struggle to keep up with the action or experience frequent crashes.
The system requirements listed below are the minimum you should have available before attempting the PKR Poker download. The site has an Instant Play web-based option for players who experience issues with the PKR download which, although lacking in full functionality, is an adequate substitute for most players.
|PKR Poker||Minimum System Requirements for|
|Operating System||Windows 8||Mac OS X 10.7||Jellybean 4.1+||iOS 5.1+|
|Processor||2GHz Pentium||2GHz||1 GHz||Apple A5|
|Memory||1GB RAM||1GB RAM||1GB RAM||1GB RAM|
|Graphics||DirectX 9 128MB||VRAM 128MB||3D Capable GPU||3D Capable GPU|
Please note the iOS app is only available for player located in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.
PKR Poker Bonus
PKR Poker´s first deposit bonus is a generous 200% match on first deposits up to €1,000 (deposit €500 to qualify for a €1,000 bonus!). The site also gives new players four entries into First Depositor Freeroll tournaments – each with a €1,000 prize pool – five free spins on a slot side game, and 100 PKR Points that can be used to purchase avatars or additional table skills.
The PKR Poker bonus is released as players collect PKR Points for paying rake and tournament entry fees. Players get 10 PKR Points for each €1.00 contributed to the rake deducted from cash game and Blaze Poker pots or paid as a fee to enter a PKR Poker tournament or Sit & Go game. The bonus is released at the rate of 50 PKR Points per Euro, but on a sliding scale of increments rather than as regular amounts.
As is becoming the trend among online poker sites, the release of the PKR bonus is weighted so that players receive smaller increments of the bonus at the beginning of their PKR experience. The increments start at 0.25% of the bonus amount and increase up to 5%. Consequently, if you were to deposit €400 to qualify for an €800 bonus, the first release of your bonus would amount to €2.00 when you have collected 100 PKR Points and the final release of your bonus would be €40.00 when you have collected a total of 40,000 PKR Points.
Players have sixty days in which to collect sufficient points to clear the PKR Poker bonus – after which the points can be used to exchange for cash, for tournament tokens or to buy goods from the PKR online shop. Collecting the 40,000 points you would need to clear an €800 poker bonus would also elevate you to Silver Status in PKR´s rewarding VIP program.
Please note that there is no specific PKR Poker bonus code required to take advantage of this offer. Simply follow the links from this page to PKR Poker, download the software, create and fund your account, and the bonus amount, tournament tickets and PKR Points will be credited to your account automatically.
PKR Poker Promotions
PKR Poker joined the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) in March 2016, and since then the site´s schedule of promotions has really taken off. A revolving series of promotions includes qualifiers to live poker events, special PKR Point enhancers, offers for playing poker on a mobile and those who connect with the site via social media and the PKR Poker forum.
The site´s affiliation with MPN has seen a significant rise in cash game traffic at PKR Poker and enabled the site to increase the value of its poker tournaments to more than €10 million per month. PKR Poker also shares traffic across its fast-fold Blaze Poker tables, and has recently added a progressive jackpot to its three-handed, hyper-turbo Jackpot Poker games.
PKR also has a host of promotions available for players who enjoy casino games and slots. Various bonuses, free spins and a separate VIP Club ensure that there is always plenty to occupy players at PKR. Even if you are not a fan of casino games, the promotions on the casino side of the site are always worth checking out because poker tournament tickets are often given away as prizes.
The Standard of Play on PKR Poker
Prior to joining the Microgaming Poker Network, PKR Poker was renowned for being a soft site with “players” often more interested in performing tricks at the tables rather than demonstrating their poker skills. Now that there is a bigger player pool, the standard of play on PKR Poker has generally improved, but there are still plenty of opportunities for competent players to enjoy a lucrative poker experience.
Typically, the most beatable cash game tables are those just above the microstakes level and up to 10/25NL. Once you get above this level, the standard of play improves but it is not impossible to have multiple winning sessions – particularly at the Omaha tables, where the action seems to be much looser than at many other sites.
PKR Poker tournaments are dominated by low buy-in re-buy and add-on events and qualifiers to more valuable tournaments. Players of a reasonable standard should be able to enjoy plenty of deep runs against the current database of players, but you are unlikely to get rich quick playing in PKR tournaments or benefit from undersubscribed tournaments with generous overlays.
Our Verdict on PKR Poker
There are a number of good reasons why players should give PKR Poker a spin. We believe that many players will be attracted by the attainable 200% match bonus on first deposits, and then be inclined to stay at the site due to the quality of the software and the rewarding VIP program.
Thereafter, PKR Poker´s tournaments should prove a happy hunting ground for accomplished players – particularly the satellites to major buy-in events, which tend to be undersubscribed with players unaccustomed to big buy-in tournaments.
Overall, we feel that the poker experience offered by PKR Poker is considerably better than is available through many other online poker sites and, if you ever encounter any problems using the software, PKR Poker has an excellent customer service department that is always available via live chat or email.