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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

  • Adjusting to PokerStars Buy-in Levels
  • Posted by cobere on May 24, 2017
  • Recently the world’s largest poker site, PokerStars, announced the way they were handling the minimum/maximum buy-in amounts at their cash game tables. This mainly affects NL/PL Hold’em as well as Pot-Limit Omaha games as shallow/deep stacks in limit games means next to nothing. There are now three different buy-in tables…
  • The Basic Concepts that Drive Continuation Betting
  • Posted by spoonitnow on May 23, 2017
  • When it comes to continuation betting, your table position and the strength of your hole cards are even more important than the flop itself. By carefully considering these two factors in the context of how your opponent plays, you’ll be able to determine when you should make a continuation bet.
  • How to Decide Which Hands to 3-Bet for Value Pre-Flop
  • Posted by spoonitnow on May 21, 2017
  • If you want to learn about how to 3-bet for value before you see the flop, you’ve found the right article. This will teach you how to 3-bet and when it’s appropriate to do so. You’ll also learn about your 3-betting range, calling range, folding range and why they are critical to your success.
  • Raising Behind Limpers
  • Posted by spoonitnow on May 19, 2017
  • I’m going to try to tie this in as much as possible the points I made in my post on blind stealing, Blind Stealing 101. I think that for the people who don’t already raise behind limpers often, it will be best if they think of it as an extension…
  • Microstakes Grinding
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on May 19, 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…
  • Learning the Other Games
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on May 17, 2017
  • Even if you’ve never played anything but Texas Hold’em, there are universal poker principles that will make it easy for you to learn how to play other variants of the game before you master them. Your position, seat selection and bankroll management are critical when you are picking up a new game.
  • Semi-Bluffing Examples to Build Your Intuition
  • Posted by spoonitnow on May 15, 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.
  • An Introduction to Game Theory in Poker
  • Posted by spoonitnow on May 14, 2017
  • A reader-friendly, easy to understand explanation of game theory and its applications in poker. Explaining the differences between theoretical terms such as strategy, strategic options, domination and exploitation, the article teaches players how to use these principles to maximize their winnings.
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