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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

  • Implied Odds Plays at 25NL and Below
  • Posted by allabout on Jul 8, 2017
  • Over the past twelve months, I have been observing the lower stakes no-limit games and playing in them quite extensively including around 100k hands at NL50. I have been observing the games on Pokerloco recently which is a site that is situated on Ongame. I have been hearing some good…
  • In the Trenches: Winning at Low-Limit Poker
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Jul 8, 2017
  • Low-limit, people say, is too difficult, because novice players will move all-in at the drop of a hat, or make ridiculous calls in obvious folding situations. They're playing for pennies, not pride, and their decisions fall into the “What the hell, let's gamble” category more often than veteran players would like. While these things can be frustrating, they're a part of the game. Besides, a truly skilled player should be able to win at all levels, regardless of the competition.
  • The $6,000,000 Poker Player
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Jul 7, 2017
  • There is a growing debate in today’s poker world over who is the best player around. Many names get offered as the best of the best but there is truly no way to know who the best Texas Hold’em player in the world is. As the game of poker has…
  • Short Stacked and Dangerous
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Jul 7, 2017
  • 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.
  • What Makes a Player Top-Tier?
  • Posted by chardrian on Jul 6, 2017
  • I have been thinking a lot lately on self-analysis and focusing on what I need to do to become a better, more profitable player. Tournament play is a very results oriented business and the internet ranking systems and idolization that follows from it make this pervasive focus on results even…
  • Five Ways To Improve Your Game In 2010
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Jul 6, 2017
  • The new year typically brings resolutions in your personal, professional, and more importantly, poker life. Many players view the beginning of another year as a fresh start, a time to get rid of bad habits and to begin implementing changes.  Those looking for some guidance are in luck! Below you…
  • Poker Hand Strategy | Poker Starting Hands with Deep Stacks
  • Posted by BooG690 on Jul 6, 2017
  • Deciding what range of hole cards you’re going to play depends largely on your stack size. If your stack equals 60BB or less, you should aim to hit big pairs. If it’s between 60BB-150BB, you can play suited connectors and gappers. Above 150BB, you can play cards with flush or straight potential.
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