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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

  • No Deposit – All Returns: How to Build a Bankroll from Nothing Part I
  • Posted by givememyleg on Aug 15, 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.…
  • Freeroll Finesse
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Aug 14, 2017
  • Freeroll tournaments are a fine way to increase your bankroll without risking any of your funds. Many players play too loosely and crazily in these events, but you should resist the temptation to do so yourself. Make sure that the prizes offered are sufficient to interest you.
  • Playing Long Sessions
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Aug 13, 2017
  • By learning how to play longer sessions at the poker tables more effectively, you can increase the amount of money you win. By carefully choosing the right tables and using lobby filters to your advantage, you can keep yourself in good +EV situations for extended periods of time.
  • Semi-Bluffing Examples to Build Your Intuition
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Aug 11, 2017
  • Semi-bluffing can be an important part of your game, but many players have difficulty understanding how their EV increases just by having outs to the nuts before the river. This article examines examples which demonstrate the inherent value of semi-bluffing for new and experienced players alike.
  • Getting Off the Bottom
  • Posted by willburforce on Aug 10, 2017
  • This is about how to stop being the lowest of the low in the online poker world, a micro-stakes noob fish – yes right down the bottom at $2nl, $5nl and $10nl. Not some advanced game theory essay or difficult maths stuff, just my thoughts on how my own game…
  • Rules for Table Selection
  • Posted by Fnord on Aug 10, 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…
  • Practice makes Perfect
  • Posted by Illfavor on Aug 10, 2017
  • Practice makes Perfect. It’s something we’ve all heard a million times. It’s meaning is obvious! What could I possibly have to add to this catchy, well-informed nugget!? Well, I have a secret: Practice does not make Perfect. Rather, Perfect practice makes for the best Performance. I remember this time in…
  • The Principles of Performance for Poker
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Aug 9, 2017
  • You can make it much easier to improve your poker game by following a few easy guidelines. Your problems as a poker poker are but a reflection of your problems in life and vice versa. With the proper level of self-awareness, you can set about successfully improving your play.
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