PKR Moving to Microgaming Network

Date: 2016-02-09
Author: Jason Glatzer

PKR just announced on its forums that after a decade as a standalone network, it is joining the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) later this month.
The software, which players can play in 3D, was designed to attract recreational players.  However, PKR never became one of the top networks and is currently in 38th place in the PokerScout Online Rankings for ring game traffic.  MPN is currently the 10th largest network according to PokerScout and should be around the eighth after the PKR migration takes place.
However, even with the migration, the whistles and bells of the software will remain the same, it will be just the games that change.  PKR will still be able to be downloaded for PCs, Macs, Android devices, and devices powered by iOS.  This should cover just about any type of computer or mobile device.  Even if it doesn't, games will also be available via instant play.
As already mentioned, the main difference will be the games available, as there will be more tournaments available, with over €3.5 million in monthly tournament prizes.  There should also be more ring games running due to the increased liquidity.  According to PKR, there will be six times as many players online for PKR players to play against, along with three times as many online poker tournaments.
Also, players will be able to take advantage of frequent screen name changes on the site, as late last year MPN instituted a network-wide policy allowing its players to change them the sooner of every 30 days or 1,000 real money hands.
Another software change is that, for the first time, PKR customers will have available a fast-fold variant of poker.  MPN's version is Blaze Poker, which works just like fast-fold does on other networks where if you fold a hand, you are immediately brought to a new table at the same stakes with new players.
This change, however, isn't expected to be available when PKR relaunches on MPN.  According to the Chief Executive Officer at PKR Technologies Chris Welch, these games will "eventually" be included in both the mobile and desktop clients.
Some of the non-software changes that players at PKR can expect include a change in currency from US Dollar to Euro and the launch of a revamped VIP program called PKR Poker VIP Club.
Additionally, PKR plans to launch a new website that will include enhanced banking options and two new online casinos with €7 million in jackpots.  While neither of these are poker-related, it is worth mentioning, as they may attract more new players to also join in for online poker.
We can't think of anything bad about the changes due to PKR always operating as a smaller network despite its very flashy online poker software.  The increased liquidity and new games should in theory only help the award-winning software gain popularity.  Visit PKR for more details.

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