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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 Poker Bonuses
  • Posted by lolzzz_321 on Jul 19, 2017
  • Almost every poker site going offers some form of meaty deposit bonus. Invest a chunk of money into a site and they’ll give you the chance to earn some extra cash. However, budding players with small bankrolls may feel that they can’t take full advantage of these offers. That’s where…
  • Adjusting to PokerStars Buy-in Levels
  • Posted by cobere on Jul 18, 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…
  • Breaking Down the Non-Hold’em Games Part 1
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Jul 18, 2017
  • As No Limit Hold'em continues to become tougher to beat, many players are turning to other games instead. In this article, we'll go over the rules and outline simple strategies to help get you started in non-Hold'em poker games. Pot Limit Omaha has become the most popular "other" game.
  • How to Make Actual Adjustments While Playing
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jul 16, 2017
  • Talking about making adjustments to your play is easier than actually making them at the table. Read through this example of how to make an adjustment to learn how to pull them off when you’re playing. Studying examples of successful adjustments will help you learn to execute them under pressure.
  • Tactical Thinking – Is It Enough?
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Jul 14, 2017
  • Wherever you go these days, be it on poker forums, poker websites or poker magazines, you will be confronted by a myriad of information concerning how to play certain hands in certain situations. Now before I go any further, there is absolutely nothing wrong with educating yourself by reading this…
  • Bust-Out Blues
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Jul 11, 2017
  • It's happened to all of us at one point or another. Even the great Phil Ivey went bust several times before hitting his stride. Rather than beating yourself up over it, take your bust-out as an opportunity to learn. But before you leap right back into the action, take a few minutes to consider how you want your comeback to go down. Will you make the same mistakes you did the first time around?
  • How to Earn Online Poker Bonuses
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Jul 11, 2017
  • One of the biggest mistakes players make when signing up for a new poker site is failing to take advantage of bonus offers. Every site offers some sort of initial deposit bonus to new clientèle, and for those new to the game it can make the difference in having to…
  • No Deposit – All Returns: How to Build a Bankroll from Nothing Part I
  • Posted by givememyleg on Jul 11, 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.…
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