Welcome to Beginner Poker on FTR!

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

  • The Basics of Thinking Ahead in Poker
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jan 26, 2015
  • Making things as easy and effective as possible is a major part of being a good poker player, and that's exactly what you'll be able to do with planning your hand after you read this week's column.
  • Pay Attention and Stop Spewing Chips
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jan 10, 2015
  • Stop spewing chips by learning the 20 percent of the time that you should avoid your "automatic" play with these easy-to-implement changes in your thinking.
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