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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

  • Brush Up Your Semi-Bluff, and Bring Home the Bacon
  • Posted by edwarda on Jul 14, 2017
  • Knowing how and when to semi-bluff can increase your poker winnings. The advantages of semi-bluffing include you being able to control the pot, force your opponents to fold, slow the action and win big pots. With so many benefits, semi-bluffing needs to be incorporated into your playing regime!
  • 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…
  • The Proven Best Poker Training Books of All Time
  • Posted by edwarda on Jul 14, 2017
  • Learning how to play poker correctly is a tough enterprise. Fortunately, you don't have to reinvent the wheel -- by reading the tips and advice of players who have gone before you, your own learning curve can be significantly accelerated.
  • “To Check/Raise or Not to Check/Raise?” That is Today’s Question
  • Posted by redmanstl on Jul 13, 2017
  • A check/raise is a potent move at the table which should normally be used sparingly, preferably in the later stages of cash games and tournaments. This article discusses some situations when you would and would not want to check/raise your opponents to increase your winnings or cut your losses.
  • Building Your Bankroll
  • Posted by bigspenda73 on Jul 12, 2017
  • Even if you’re an experienced player, you should still give some thought to how you can build your bankroll so you can move up in stakes and increase your winnings. From avoiding tilt to taking advantage of bonuses and rakeback, this article gives meaningful advice about building your bankroll.
  • Bluffing Frequencies and Exploiting Opponents
  • Posted by spoonitnow on Jul 12, 2017
  • Appropriate for lower stakes players, this article demonstrates how to calculate your unexploitable bluffing frequency and your competitor’s unexploitable folding frequency. It also explains how and when to apply these unexploitable strategies to your advantage to maximize your winnings!
  • 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?
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