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Welcome to FTR’s Poker Strategy section! We currently have 508 free Poker Strategy articles in our ever growing archive.

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Categories in Poker Strategy

Beginner Poker

Beginner Poker

112 Articles
Basic strategy concepts to teach new players how to play poker.

Cash Games

Cash Games

58 Articles
When the value of your chips actually means something.

Heads Up

Heads Up

6 Articles
Learn how to battle and beat your opponents, mano y mano.

Limit Hold'em

Limit Hold'em

38 Articles
Strategy articles that help you bet, raise, 3-bet, and cap your bets.

Live Poker

Live Poker

38 Articles
Learn how to transition from online play to your local casino.

MTT

MTT

35 Articles
We teach you how to make the final table and lock up a big score.

No Limit Hold'em

No Limit Hold'em

182 Articles
What are the two most powerful words in poker? I’m all-in.

Omaha

Omaha

14 Articles
When two cards just aren’t enough.

Open Face Chinese

Open Face Chinese

4 Articles
Learn how to get those Queens up top for Fantasy Land.

Poker Dictionary

Poker Dictionary

1,236 Articles
Learn the lingo and terms used by poker players.

Poker Psychology

Poker Psychology

67 Articles
The power of the mind in poker: There is no spade.

Poker Rules

Poker Rules

14 Articles
The rules of the road. Learn how to play various forms of poker.

Poker Tools

Poker Tools

37 Articles
Improve your game by learning how to use the tools of the trade.

Poker Videos

Poker Videos

98 Articles
Watch and learn from the best in the world.

SNG

SNG

41 Articles
For the players who only have two decisions, shove or fold.

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Featured Poker Strategy Articles

The Psychology of Losing

You can’t win every hand or tournament when playing poker. But an extended losing streak can often have severe emotional repercussions that may compound over time, causing you to lose even more. Learn how to break out of the cycle and start winning again.

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How, Why and When to Double Barrel in No-Limit Hold’em

In this week’s column, we look at tons of different ideas that govern how, when and why to double barrel on the turn in no-limit hold’em games.

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Spenda’s 5 Biggest Leaks of a Losing NL Player – Leak 1

If you’re a losing No Limit Hold’em player, then you probably have big leaks in your game. Always remember to consider the value of position at all times. Another thing that losing players have a problem with is controlling the size of the pot.

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Tactics vs. Strategy (Part 1): The Study of Tactics in Poker

The study of tactical play in poker is about figuring out which plays are likely to work well against certain player types and against the field as a whole.

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Taking the Next Step

In poker, it’s important to keep improving your game so that you can move up in stakes. By carefully considering bankroll management, studying the player pool at your new level and approaching the bigger game with the right mindset, you can increase your chances for success.

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ISF Theorem

Amazingly, when I was high yesterday from some horrible weed, I came to a breakthrough thought in my poker game. I called sauce up and explained to him what I just realized and he had no idea why it was so amazing. It took me awhile, but then I realized that the...
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Most Recent Articles in Poker Strategy

A Different kind of quiz for SHNL: Adjusting?

So everyone who reads and posts in this forum knows how to evaluate a HH, knows about preflop, knows about continuation betting and knows something about hand values and hand ranges. Perhaps the most important thing about poker though, and why some "bad"...

The Truth About the Dangers of Playing Under Rolled

This article aims to express just why, in a theoretical sense, you can’t play poker under rolled. It’s for people at all levels of the game who don’t know/havn’t read this stuff, and I really hope to be explicit. There are also points that even...

3 Bet Strategy

This advice was written for 200NL or lower 6Max games. It applies when effective stacks are 80-125BB preflop. Please deviate from this strategy as necessary when you have either developed good reads or know your opponent has certain assumptions about the way you play....

7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Rules

7 Card Stud Hi/Lo is an exciting variant on normal 7 Card Stud play. In this split-pot format, players can win the high half of the pot, the low half of the pot or scoop the entire pot. Beware of getting quartered though! It can be costly.

ISF – Beginners Guide To Equity and Fold Equity

There has been a request for a beginners guide to equity so that’s going to be the article for this week. Equity is our mathematical chance of our hand or hand range winning the hand against our opponents hand or hand range. For example, the hand AA has 80% equity...

NLHE Foundations #01: Introduction to Hold’em Ranges

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...

Brush Up Your Semi-Bluff, and Bring Home the Bacon

Knowing how and when to semi-bluff can increase your poker winnings. The advantages of semi-bluffing include you being able to control the pot, force your opponents to fold, slow the action and win big pots. With so many benefits, semi-bluffing needs to be incorporated into your playing regime!

You Can’t Make Your Opponent Fold

A lot of people ask how to make opponents fold so they cannot suck out. Here is a long story. It will be meaningless to some. To others, it may resonate and really help. In my 20s and early 30s I practiced an old, particularly brutal martial art. For those who have...

Texas Holdem Expected Value Hand Charts – 4 Players

Below is a table of Texas Holdem starting hands, ordered by their Expected Value (EV) in a 4 player holdem game. These statistics were produced by using millions of hand histories to compute the following results. Position Cards SB BB 3 D AA 1.99 1.97 1.92 2.10 KK...

5 Card Stud Rules

5 Card Stud has long been popular in home games although it’s difficult to find online. While there are similarities between this game and 7 Card Stud, there are fewer cards dealt. One similarity between 5 Card Stud and Texas Hold’em is that there are four rounds of betting.

Short Stacked and Dangerous

It’s one of the scariest feelings in poker – You’ve just lost a huge pot to a three-to-one underdog and given up most of your stack. As you watch the opponent sort your chips and integrate them into his pile, a sickening realization creeps up on you… You’re short stacked, playing against opponents with more the five times your chip count.

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