Welcome to Beginner Poker on FTR!

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

  • Don’t Be a Poker Pansy
  • Posted by DaNutsInYoEye on Aug 7, 2017
  • “Don’t be a Poker Pansy.” Apparently you can’t make a post in the Beginner’s Forum without attaching some cheesy phrase to it. That’s probably because most beginners are slow thinkers and incapable of comprehending anything beyond basic ABC poker… Ok, that’s not true. New players don’t need to be baby…
  • Simple 3-Bet Bluffing for Not-So-Advanced Players
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Aug 7, 2017
  • A step-by-step guide to 3-betting, this article breaks down 3-betting for beginners so that it is no longer intimidating for them to use at the table. Situations such as having nothing after the flop and being up against a 4-bet are addressed so that new players know what to do when they occur.
  • The Basics of Thinking Ahead in Poker
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Aug 7, 2017
  • Making things as easy and effective as possible is a major part of being a good poker player, and that's exactly what you'll be able to do with planning your hand after you read this week's column.
  • Poker Thoughts for Beginners
  • Posted by Les_Worm on Aug 7, 2017
  • I’ve been through all the ups and downs of poker. I just thought I’d share some things with some of the beginners to help them not make mistakes early on. We all make mistakes starting out and I was making the same mistakes over and over and for far too…
  • Poker Discipline
  • Posted by zook on Aug 6, 2017
  • Anosmic’s Year One post inspired me to do something for my first FTRnniversary. It’s been a great year for me, poker-wise. I started last February playing $10 SNGs and 25NL ring with a $300 bankroll and am now playing 200NL with a $8k bankroll. I’ve played ~75k ring hands in…
  • The Process of Learning in Poker
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Aug 6, 2017
  • Because there is no set way to study poker and the game’s variance makes it difficult to measure your progress, learning more about poker can be frustrating. But if you examine a single element of the game in multiple hands, you will accelerate your learning process and avoid becoming overwhelmed.
  • The Newbie Circle of Death
  • Posted by Storm75m on Aug 6, 2017
  • I just went through a maddening circle that wasted 3 weeks of my hard work, and nearly washed my entire bankroll down the drain… Hopefully I can give a little insight to prevent someone from going through the same thing… Just a side note, I play the 6 max 25…
  • Cbets, HUD Reads and Problem Solving
  • Posted by Robb on Aug 6, 2017
  • 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.
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