Could Online 3D Poker Site PKR Be Set For a Return? **UPDATED**
Editor's note: This article was updated on February 5th, 2020
PKR, which billed itself as the first true 3D online poker site, closed its doors in May 2017 but it could soon be resurrected.
Founded by Jez San, PKR launched in 2006 and rapidly grew to boast of five million customers and claims of 15,000 players being online simultaneously. Everything looked positive for PKR, even when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) meant they no longer offered their services to American customers.
In its pomp, PKR held live events, signed a number of sponsored pros, including Jake Cody, James Sudworth, Dan O'Callaghan, Sofia Lovgren, Andrew Teng, Eleanor Gudger, and Vladimir Geshkenbein. PKR also hosted television shows highlighting its major tournaments, and even launched its own Playtech-powered casino.
The PKR Wheels Fall Off
It’s difficult to pinpoint where it all went wrong for PKR but the wheel began falling off. Its team of sponsored pros didn’t have their contracts renewed, and they left their own stand-alone network in February 2016 to join Microgaming (MPN).
May 2017 saw Microgaming suspend PKR from its network due to the site suffering from financial difficulties. The PKR management removed PKR’s social media presence, while attempts to access the PKR website resulted in a holding message being displayed.
"Further to earlier announcements, PKR limited and PKR Technologies Ltd have filed applications to Court for Administration orders, which will be heard in the week commencing 8th May 2017.
Further information will be placed on this website following the hearings.
This information will include contact details for players and creditors to address queries and details of the process."
Two months later, no PKR customer had received any of their funds, which prompted PokerStars to ride in on its white horse to save the day, just as it had done with the ill-fated Full Tilt Poker. PokerStars contacted the 60,000 affected customers and made it possible to claim their PKR balances into a PokerStars account.
Videoslots Get Involved
In November 2017, Maltese online casino Videoslots purchased the technology assets from the PKR portfolio. This gave them PKR’s Mac, PC, Android and iOS clients. Videoslots planned to relaunch PKR the following year, but there was radio silence.
A Facebook member called Coralie Watson has been active in posting on various Facebook groups and communities.
All links she has posted so far lead to a website PKR3D.com which has been confirmed to UK & Ireland PokerNews to be an affiliate site. The quality of the copy has vastly improved since our original article, although there is still work to do. Players can sign up for a Videoslots account (no surprise there) or accounts at both Betsson and Betsafe, both of which are on Microgaming.
Players are prompted to crate their Battle / Alias by signing up for a Videoslots account and making a deposit of at least £10, which does seem a little underhand and most people who land on the page will consider that practice being a smash and grab from Videoslots.
UK & Ireland PokerNews has seen correspondence between the owner of the PKR3D affiliate site and the management team behind Videoslots Poker and are confident we will see the PKR software gracing our screens again during the coming year. We have reached out to the said management team for comment.