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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

  • Taking the Next Step
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Jul 21, 2017
  • In poker, it's important to keep improving your game so that you can move up in stakes. By carefully considering bankroll management, studying the player pool at your new level and approaching the bigger game with the right mindset, you can increase your chances for success.
  • Texas Holdem Starting Hands – 19 Hand Strategy
  • Posted by aokrongly on Jul 21, 2017
  • One of the biggest problems new poker players have is that they play too many hands. A simple but effective first step for new players is to learn the 19 hand strategy. This simple strategy forces the new player to exercise discipline and learn a tight game. Aokrongly discusses these…
  • Mindfulness and the Manifestation of Mental Weakness in Poker
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jul 20, 2017
  • Entering poker games alert and with the right attitude can improve your game-play and bring you success. Learn how to reduce distractions and employ the proper level of mindfulness. Eventually, your good habits will spill over into other areas of your life.
  • Should You Multi-Table?
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Jul 20, 2017
  • If you were to ask this question to any player who is a successful multi-tabler, then they would probably laugh you out of the room. Anyone who successfully plays multiple tables and plays them very well without making stupendously dumb plays and who makes good money from rakeback is going…
  • Order of Winning Poker Hands – Razz
  • Posted by Jack Sawyer on Jul 20, 2017
  • In Razz Poker, sometimes also known as Bizarro Stud, it can be confusing to the beginner to know what beats what. Unlike standard poker in which the best hand usually forms something nice, like two cards of the same rank together with 3 cards of the same rank to form…
  • Breaking Down the Non-Hold’em Games Part 3
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Jul 19, 2017
  • In Part 1 of this series we looked at the more popular non-Hold’em games including Omaha and the Stud variations. In Part 2 we looked into draw games which are in fact more popular in live settings than they are online. There are a few more games to touch on…
  • 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…
  • Poker Hand Percentages for Omaha
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Jul 18, 2017
  • PLO is growing in popularity because it affords recreational players the chance to gamble, and it gives skilled players a pretty large edge. Keep reading to find out the best starting hands and learn the effects that the pot-limit betting structure has.
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