Summary (Rated 7 out of 10)
PKR proposes a unique online poker experience. The casual players will enjoy the 3D graphics and others cool features. However the game slowness and the difficulty to multitable will annoy the pros. At least, PKR deserves a try to discover this new way to play online poker.
Game Selection (Rated 7 out of 10)
The game variety is quite poor on PKR. Stud Players have been forgotten, as the room proposes only Limit, Pot-Limit and No-Limit Hold'em and Omaha. Moreover, player traffic is low (PKR is an independent network), and sometimes it is very difficult to find the right game, especially if you want to play Limit Hold ‘em or High-Stakes. One good point is that PKR allows the newbies to play micro-stakes poker ($0.02/0.04 NL or $0.05/0.10 limit).
For Sit-n-Gos, the limit range begins at $1 buy-ins and goes to $200 buy-ins, either10-handed, 6-handed, or heads-up. There are normal tables (8min/round) and Turbo tables (4min/round). The blind structure is 15-30;30-60;50-100;75-150;100-200...with an initial stack of 1500 chips.
There are some tournament options offered as well, but compared to other sites, PKR’s tournament options are poor.
Quality of Players (Rated 9 out of 10)
It should not come as a surprise that PKR’s 3D Interface and the other fun features are very fish-friendly. As a result, the opposition on PKR is weak with a lot of loose-passive players or maniacs. People want to see many flops and have a lot of difficulty folding beaten hands. Moreover you will find many short stackers on PKR, with 20% of the maximum stack allowed. They represent easy prey. If you are a winning player with solid preflop hand selection, you should dominate the games easily.
Software (Rated 7 out of 10)
The originality of its software is one of PKR’s main strengths in a more and more competitive Poker room environment. First off, the software is user-friendly and all the traditional options have been implemented (4-colour decks, automatic buttons, the ability to show just one card...). The lobby functions are classic - you can use filters to search your game, use a friends list or register on a waiting list.
PKR’s software includes some very fun features like the emotions (you can make your avatar dance, perform chip tricks or stand-up after going all-in). Another important feature is that you can only see your cards during a few seconds. After, if you want to see them another time during the hand, you push a special button and all the players will see your avatar pick up its cards.
The downside of this feature is that it makes multitabling very hard, especially for Omaha. You can only play three tables at the same time and it’s sufficient to give you a headache. Moreover, there is also a strange bug. If you play heads-up, in the first hand one player will have the Big Blind AND the Button, and he will keep the button for the second hand with the small blind.
Graphics (Rated 10 out of 10)
The 3D Graphics are simply beautiful - you are literally bluffed by the game atmosphere. Your avatar is totally customizable (face, weight, clothes, voice, etc.). You can buy some new features like sunglasses or chip tricks with your PKR points. As a result, each player at the table is unique. Even the design of the table environment and the dealers change at each game and you can move the camera as you want (first person, overview, etc.). The sound is good too and many voices with different accents are available. With all of these features you will believe you are playing a live game on your computer.
Profitability (Rated 7 out of 10)
PKR is a mixed blessing for your bankroll. On the one hand the average PKR player is terrible, but on the other hand the game is slow and it is hard to multitable. The trackers like PokerTracker don’t work on PKR for the moment and the Player’s notes system is poor (you can only select an icon). For the casual low stack player, PKR can be a good way to make profit as one can play one blind level higher compared to their normal limit without taking much risk. The PKR deposit bonus is attractive. You will receive a $50 bonus for 6000 PKR points (60 dollars raked), which represents an 83% rakeback. And you should only play a few more hands to complete the Savvy bonus requirements.