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

  • NLHE Foundations #05: Putting Opponents on Pre-Flop Ranges (Part 2)
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jul 25, 2015
  • Introduction This is the fifth part of the NLHE Foundations Series. This series is designed to give a clear set of topics to study and methods for studying that will bring players up to the intermediate levels in no-limit hold’em. People who are signed up in the main thread for…
  • NLHE Foundations #04: Putting Opponents on Pre-Flop Ranges (Part 1)
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jul 8, 2015
  • Introduction This is part four in the NLHE Foundations Series. I’ve designed this series to give players a clear path from the beginner to intermediate levels in no-limit hold’em. There’s a lot more to this series than these posts because there’s private content and lots of instructive hands with analysis…
  • NLHE Foundations #02: Basic No-Limit Hold’em Bluffing Analysis
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jun 21, 2015
  • NLHE Foundations Course This is the second lesson in the free No-Limit Hold’em foundations course, and all you have to do to sign up is create an account (if you haven’t already) and post in the forum thread I just linked to saying you want in. I’ll add you to…
  • NLHE Foundations #01: Introduction to Hold’em Ranges
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jun 17, 2015
  • NLHE Foundations Course This is the first lesson in the free No-Limit Hold’em Foundations course that I’m running here on FlopTurnRiver. There’s a lot more to these lessons than what you see here. If you would like to take part in this, all you have to do is post in…
  • Looking More Into Implied Odds
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Apr 7, 2015
  • Learning implied odds on a deep level is something virtually no microstakes or small stakes players do, and it can drastically help your game.
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