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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

  • The Value of a Bankroll
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Jul 18, 2017
  • I think that the concept of bankrolls in poker is something that is misunderstood by the vast majority of poker players. In fact I have read more opinions and articles on the subject of bankroll management and earn rates than I can remember. I find most of the information to…
  • 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…
  • How the Games Have Changed
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Jul 18, 2017
  • It’s common knowledge that the games of 2010 are much different than the pre-legislation games back in 2006. When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed nearly four years ago the games online were booming. Full of fish and with plenty of money to be made, one has to…
  • 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.
  • Texas Holdem Poker Hands Position (Full Ring)
  • Posted by Jack Sawyer on Jul 17, 2017
  • Depending on your position, your poker hands order will change; this is especially true when the table is full. The later you are to act, the more liberal you can be with the order of the hands you choose to play. The closer you are to being first to act, the more conservative you’ll need to be.
  • Texas Hold em Poker Hands Position (6 Max)
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Jul 17, 2017
  • Online poker has blown up in the past decade. It has become the favorite past time of many people around the world. With the software online poker sites use, tables can be created at no extra cost. This means that online poker sites do not require all tables to be…
  • NLHE Foundations #04: Putting Opponents on Pre-Flop Ranges (Part 1)
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jul 17, 2017
  • Introduction This is part four in the NLHE Foundations Series. I’ve designed this series to give players a clear path from the beginner to intermediate levels in no-limit hold’em. There’s a lot more to this series than these posts because there’s private content and lots of instructive hands with analysis…
  • Beginner’s List of Poker Leaks
  • Posted by chardrian on Jul 17, 2017
  • Poker is a complex, difficult game, so it's only natural for beginners to make a lot of errors. The problem is in identifying these errors -- if you knew what they were, you wouldn't be making them! Take a look at these common leaks to see if any of them are present in your game.
  • NLHE Foundations #07: Putting Opponents on Flop Ranges (Part 1)
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jul 16, 2017
  • Introduction I’ve been doing the free NLHE Foundations Course here on FlopTurnRiver to give players a straight-forward path to go from the beginner levels to the intermediate levels with a mind towards being able to systematically improve over time. If you want to take part and get exclusive private messages,…
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