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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

  • Online vs. Live Poker
  • Posted by givememyleg on Mar 12, 2017
  • In the past when live games became tough to beat players turned to online poker to hone their skills, get multi-table bonuses, and make money. With the games online getting harder by the day it is quite ironic the same players find themselves heading back to the live tables where…
  • Microstakes Grinding
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Mar 10, 2017
  • Most players who are new to online poker will start at the lowest stakes possible, commonly known as “Microstakes”. In general, microstakes are considered to be any poker stakes up to $0.10/$0.25 blinds in NL and $0.50/$1.00 in Limit games. The concept of bankroll management generally escapes those new to…
  • ISF – Five Rules To Beating Low Stakes
  • Posted by IowaSkinsFan on Mar 10, 2017
  • I have to admit, most of my articles give advice that is hard to understand. When you don’t understand preliminary concepts to the ideas of talking about, it’s almost impossible to truly understand anything I or high stakes players talk about. In later articles I’m going to try to use…
  • No Deposit – All Returns: How to Build a Bankroll from Nothing Part I
  • Posted by givememyleg on Mar 9, 2017
  • In today’s world of online poker, it is extremely easy to build up a sizable cash position without ever having to make a single deposit. This proves to be an increasingly attractive alternative as many credit card companies and banks (especially in the US) prohibit transfers to internet gaming sites.…
  • Rules for Table Selection
  • Posted by Fnord on Mar 9, 2017
  • There are many things you can do to increase your poker skill and you should do them. However, it is unlikely that you will do anything between now and your next poker session that will dramatically increase your skill. Reading the right books, studying some articles, reviewing your play will…
  • Nine Noobie Myths About Microstakes NLHE
  • Posted by Robb on Mar 8, 2017
  • I feel like tons of the noobies in the BC have serious misconceptions about microstakes poker. Here are a few I’ve seen lately. 1. The micros are just too fishy to be beat for any decent win rate. 2. The micros are too hard to be beat since UIGEA. 3.…
  • Beginner’s List of Poker Leaks
  • Posted by chardrian on Mar 8, 2017
  • Poker is a complex, difficult game, so it's only natural for beginners to make a lot of errors. The problem is in identifying these errors -- if you knew what they were, you wouldn't be making them! Take a look at these common leaks to see if any of them are present in your game.
  • Pay Attention and Stop Spewing Chips
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Mar 8, 2017
  • 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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