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Whether you're new to poker, a beginner player looking to sharpen your skills, or just new to FlopTurnRiver.com, this beginner's section will get you acquainted with all of the above. Poker is different from other forms of casino gambling games because you play against the other players, not the house. The house takes a rake out of every pot, and that's how they make their money. They couldn't care less how each player plays their hand or how much each player wins or loses. Out of this unique structure, strategy is born. If you make fewer mistakes than your opponents, over the long run, you will make money. It's as simple as that.

If you're new, everything may seem overwhelming. But the best way to approach becoming a poker shark is to take it one step and one hand at a time. Browse all of our beginner poker strategy articles below, or signup for our poker forum and introduce yourself in the Beginners Circle. There are many winning players who are willing to give you advice to help plug your leaks and improve your game. Poker is a game of skill, anyone can get lucky in one hand or session. But it takes the people who become students of the game to become a consistent winner. Start your poker education now!

Featured Beginner Poker Articles

Most Recent Beginner Poker Articles

  • An Introduction to the [0, 1] Model for Ranges
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Mar 15, 2014
  • One of the problems with studying poker as a whole is that different poker games have different ways of dealing the cards across multiple streets. If you want to study poker on its own, then you need to have some sort of standardized model for dealing with ranges. It doesn’t…

  • How to Decide Which Hands to 3-Bet for Value Pre-Flop
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Feb 18, 2014
  • If you want to learn about how to 3-bet for value before you see the flop, you’ve found the right article. This will teach you how to 3-bet and when it’s appropriate to do so. You’ll also learn about your 3-betting range, calling range, folding range and why they are…

  • Simple 3-Bet Bluffing for Not-So-Advanced Players
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Feb 15, 2014
  • A step-by-step guide to 3-betting, this article breaks down 3-betting for beginners so that it is no longer intimidating for them to use at the table. Situations such as having nothing after the flop and being up against a 4-bet are addressed so that new players know what to do…

  • Semi-Bluffing Examples to Build Your Intuition
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Feb 1, 2014
  • Semi-bluffing can be an important part of your game, but many players have difficulty understanding how their EV increases just by having outs to the nuts before the river. This article examines examples which demonstrate the inherent value of semi-bluffing for new and experienced players alike.…

  • Making Game Theory Easy With Simple Shortcuts
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jan 22, 2014
  • Game theory can be difficult to understand and apply during a game of Hold’em. After reading this, you’ll be able to figure out the right move without having to do complex math in your head. By remembering a few numbers and what they represent, you’ll be able to use game…

  • Bluffing Frequencies and Exploiting Opponents
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jan 10, 2014
  • Appropriate for lower stakes players, this article demonstrates how to calculate your unexploitable bluffing frequency and your competitor’s unexploitable folding frequency. It also explains how and when to apply these unexploitable strategies to your advantage to maximize your winnings!…

  • An Introduction to Game Theory in Poker
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Dec 31, 2013
  • A reader-friendly, easy to understand explanation of game theory and its applications in poker. Explaining the differences between theoretical terms such as strategy, strategic options, domination and exploitation, the article teaches players how to use these principles to maximize their winnings.…

  • EV Calculations Tutorial 5: Tournament Calculations
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Dec 20, 2013
  • If you want to make EV calculations during a Sit and Go tournament, you’ll have to become familiar with the Independent Chip Model. The value of your chips will fluctuate depending on the stage of the tournament and your stack size. You need to use an ICM calculator to get…

  • Mindfulness and the Manifestation of Mental Weakness in Poker
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Sep 27, 2013
  • Entering poker games alert and with the right attitude can improve your game-play and bring you success. Learn how to reduce distractions and employ the proper level of mindfulness. Eventually, your good habits will spill over into other areas of your life.…

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