Established in the UK in 2006, PKR has grown into the most sophisticated and innovative 3D online poker room available. Designed with the vision of creating the most realistic poker playing experience one can have over the internet, PKR has combined all of the features players have come to expect in an online poker room, with the individuality and personalization of 3D virtual worlds.
One of the most appealing aspects of PKR is the ability to design one's avatar to represent any table image the player chooses. From gender and facial details, to attire and accessories, one can fully customize the appearance of their avatar. In fact, for 15,000 PKR Points, a player at PKR can have the graphics team sculpt a 3D model of their own head to use on their avatar.
Aside from general appearance, players can also select gestures and body language for their avatar to communicate either real or misleading information to their opponents. In addition, PKR has made it so that players cannot take a second peak at their hole cards without the other players seeing them do it, furthering the realism that PKR is attempting to project for online poker players.
PKR also offers a unique type of welcome bonus that includes extra incentives along with the 100%, up to $800, first deposit bonus match. First PKR gives players a jump in the game by granting 1,500 PKR Points that may be used to enter freeroll tournaments, or to purchase real-world or in-game merchandise. Additionally, players making their first deposit of at least $10 also receive tickets to premium PKR freerolls
The VIP program at PKR is also a little different than one usually encounters at online poker rooms. In the Club PKR rewards
system, players rise through the levels in accordance with the number of PKR Points they have earned. However, once a level is attain, the player can never be dropped down to a lower level in the Club PKR program. This allows players to take time off without losing their perks, or having to start all over to earn them back.
Another aspect of PKR - that all of the major online poker rooms
have realized the demand for - is a download that is compatible with a Mac. Now, an ever increasing number of Mac users have quality, stable and reliable access to 3D online poker. Of course, the intensity of the graphics and animations require that any computer - PC or Mac - be fairly modern. PKR has asserted that they intend for their software to be compatible with any computer manufactured within the last four to five years. Thus, online poker players
utilizing older computers with 128 MB of RAM or less will have to stick with the 2D rooms - in fact, PKR recommends players have 1 GB or more of RAM, though the 3D online poker room will run with 512 MB of RAM on a Windows PC.
No matter how impressive and advanced the graphical interface of PKR, the 3D poker
site is still a novelty as far as serious online poker players are concerned. The majority of players populating the tables at PKR are loose and relatively unskilled - quite possibly too distracted by the myriad of life-like actions the avatars can perform to be overly concerned with any sort of poker strategy
. Likely, the major issue that prevents highly skilled players from taking over at PKR is the limited multi-tabling support. Though PKR allows up to four online poker tables
to be played at once, the drain on system resources is generally too much for the average computer - especially for those accustomed to juggling one dozen or more individual tables in a 2D online poker site
. With improvements to the mainstream quality of standard computing hardware, PKR may well see more sharks swimming in the fish-infested 3D waters.