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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

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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Bankroll Management 101

Bankroll Management Calculator Current Bankroll: Show Clear Cash — 100 BUY-INS Conservative — 40 BUY-INS Recommended — 20 BUY-INS Risky MTT — 100 BUY-INS Conservative — 75 BUY-INS Recommended — 40 BUY-INS Risky SnG — 75...
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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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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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Beating 6 Max No Limit Holdem by Sauce123

Six-max poker tables offer excitement but require a different style of play than full-ring games. You will want to remain reasonable with your opening ranges, but three-bet liberally. You should c-bet a lot, but be more cautious on future streets.

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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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Most Recent Articles in Poker Strategy

Applications and Limitations of the Alpha Value

The alpha value is one of the most important numbers in a discussion of poker because it gives you a lot of information with a simple calculation. However, it’s often applied incorrectly because of a lack of understanding of what it can and should be used for....

Breaking Down the Non-Hold’em Games Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we looked at the more common non-Hold’em games like Omaha and the Stud variations. Now it’s time to dive into some of the more obscure games, including all of the draw variations like 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, Badugi, and...

The Importance of Bonuses and Rakeback

This month at 100nl on PokerStars I’ve paid $0.056/hand in rake after a sample of ~50k hands. Since I get about 750 hands/hour, this amounts to about $42/hour. This is also 2.8 ptbb/100. To make sure the peoples of the Beginner’s Circle understand this...

Leveling by Gametight

Leveling is an in-game battle of psychology. It stems from this: Level 0: What do I have? Level 1: What does my opponent have? Level 2: What does my opponent think I have? Level 3: What does my opponent think that I think they have? Level 4: What does my opponent...

Cbets, HUD Reads and Problem Solving

It’s possible to apply classic decision-making processes to poker games. For example, by understanding your c-betting leaks, coming up with a plan to fix them, implementing that plan and observing the results, you can make drastic improvements in your c-betting game.

Hyper’s 6-Max Limit Hold’em Guide Part 2

Hyper put together a sequel to his initial guide on 6 max/short handed play. Click here to read version 1 of his 6 Max Limit Holdem Guide. Short-Handed Limit Holdem Guide v.2.0 Hyper’s Limit Guide, Specializing in Shorthanded Play: Version 2.0 This guide is an...

FTR SNG Strategy: Navigating the bubble Part 2

By carefully examining your hand histories, you can learn to identify spots where you’ve misplayed the bubble in two- or three-table sit and gos. It’s important to learn how to play these potentially profitable spots well. Find out how to maximize your EV.

EV Calculations Tutorial 3: More Complicated Scenarios

When calculating the expected value of a semi-bluff, you will need to work with compound probabilities. This means that certain probabilities will be expressed as the product of the probabilities of two events occurring. If you’re careful, the calculations should be easy.

Fnord’s Brick and Mortar/Live Poker Guide for Online Players

There are a few important principles to remember when transitioning to live poker play from the online tables. In live poker, you should try to maintain a fun, friendly image. You don’t want the rest of the table to realize that you’re playing serious poker. Beware of relying overmuch on tells.

Continuation Betting in NL Hold’em

An easily digestible explanation of continuation betting in No Limit Texam Hold’em. This article demonstrates which hands are ideal for c-bets, which aren’t and how, when and against whom a c-bet should be used to maximize winnings. It also explains how much you should bet in certain situations.

A Post About Bluffing

Bluffing is an integral, exciting part of poker. Defending against suspected opponent bluffs is no less important to your overall strategy. But becoming too focused on bluffs to the exclusion of other considerations can lead you straight to the poorhouse.

Understanding the Importance of Shania (theory post)

I think I just had a really cool epiphany. Danny and I just watched the new movie 21 tonight (meh). Obviously, when two poker players see that movie there is going to be some gambling discussion afterwards. One thing lead to another and I brought up the subject of why...

Pyroxene’s Common Flop Odds

If you’re interested in some online poker odds calculators, check out our Poker Tools section where we have our own FTR Poker Odds Calculator and some recommendations of great online poker tools that can help you on the fly while playing online! Pyroxene’s...

Continuation Betting in NLHE Full Ring

I play my poker a lot differently these days. My operation has switched from high-stakes single tabling to far lower stakes and multi-tabling. So in a way this is going from high-stakes-low overlay-low turnover to low-stakes-higher overlay-higher turnover. This suits...

Can You Trust Online Poker?

Let’s face it, poker is played by humans for money and sometimes very substantial sums of money. This is the case be it live or online. Unfortunately, my understanding of human nature tells me that there are too many people out there who will stop at nothing to...

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