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Poker Hands

Poker Hands

Poker Hands The rules of poker are pretty simple, this ranking or order of poker hands determines the winner, with the Royal Flush being the best hand (*note - this assumes no wild cards, ie - 5 Aces). Check out the order of poker hands below, from best to worst. I've...

Canadian Poker Sites

Up until recently, online poker has been somewhat of a grey area in Canada. However, recently Canada joined the worldwide wave of countries to adopt online gambling regulations. While in many countries regulations have resulted in bad outcomes for online poker,...

Running it Twice: The Ultimate Guide

Running it Twice: The Ultimate Guide

Running it twice has been around for years, but until recently, was only common at the highest stakes games in a B&M casino. However, that is changed because now anyone can choose to run it twice online at PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker. What is Running it...

Minimum Deposit Poker Rooms

When choosing an online poker room, there are a lot of reasons to consider the minimum deposit options available. You may be a new player and just want to try out the waters without risking any significant amount of money. Maybe you just want to try out multiple poker...

No Requirement Freerolls

No-Requirement Freerolls are an essential part of our promotional efforts here at FlopTurnRiver. Each month, major online poker sites demonstrate the value they place in online poker forums such as FlopTurnRiver by offering exclusive, password-protected No-Requirement...

Mac Poker Rooms

Mac Poker Rooms

When online poker was just taking off the ground, MAC support was not a top priority for any poker room, as Apple had not yet made their comeback to become the world's best known brand. However, once Apple’s popularity began to skyrocket, most rooms noticed that they...

Money Added Tournaments

FTR has put together regular, recurring private money-added tournaments for all our members! What this means is that we at FTR are adding free money to the total prize pool of these tournaments, sweetening the overall pot by an enormous percentage. For example, our...

Poker Articles on FTR: Learn About All Things Online Poker!

In poker, as in many areas of life, knowledge is power. Here at, we believe that information should be shared freely with our valued readers so that they can make the best possible decisions. We’ve therefore written a number of articles covering almost every aspect of online poker, allowing you to enter the game forearmed with valuable tips and strategies. See below for a description of the types of content we provide to our visitors.


Check out our Articles Section for important info regarding online poker as a whole. This section contains articles that don’t fit neatly into a single other category. But don’t let this fool you – some of the most valuable material that we have deals with topics that are broad and multi-facted. Read these articles for ideas on the best poker sites for players in a given country, how to take advantage of money-added events, and more!


Online poker operators compete in a crowded field, so they offer welcome bonuses to attract new players. Almost every poker room on the Internet has some type of new player bonus, but the quality and value of these offers vary wildly. Read our Bonus Pages for information on how to evaluate and claim the best bonus deals available!

We’ll tell you what you have to do to earn your bonus, highlight some of the best bonuses available, and warn you of any terms and conditions that could affect your bonus success. We’ll advise you as to how given bonuses compare with offers at competing poker sites and give you a rough guideline as to how much you’ll have to play in order to fully earn your bonus.

The hoops you’ll have to go through to unlock your bonus will be different at each site. We’ll tell you how long you have to fulfill the requirements and if you can earn portions of your bonus or if it’s paid out in one lump sum. Bonuses are usually good for a certain percentage on your deposit up to a maximum amount, and we’ll spell out these details for you.

Bonus Codes

In addition to bonuses that are automatically given to qualified players, there are some offers that require the use of a bonus code. Sometimes called “promo codes” or “coupon codes,” it’s vital that players utilize these codes to the fullest or else they may be giving up hundreds or thousands of dollars in free money! Read our Bonus Codes Articles so that you don’t miss out.

We’ll show you the best codes to use at the poker site of your choice and reveal where you must enter your code to activate it. Sometimes there are multiple codes available, and we’ll tell you how to choose the one that would be most beneficial in your case. We’ll also instruct you on what you have to do to clear your bonus after you enter your code.

There are some cases where you can use multiple bonus codes at the same site. An example of this would be a room that offers a small no-deposit bonus as well as a more traditional first deposit bonus. By properly using the appropriate coupon codes, you could take advantage of both of these offers at the same time!


Although it’s an often-overlooked aspect of poker, the quality of the poker software used at different sites is an important consideration. Fortunately, we’ve taken a look at all the major poker clients currently in use and have presented this information in our Downloads Section.

We’ll tell you of any special software features available, as well as annoying drawbacks, at the sites you’re interested in. Poor software can affect your emotional state and cause you to make mistakes at the table, so it’s to your advantage to apprise yourself of the best poker software options currently available.

The factors we’ve examined include the multi-tabling limit, the various types of games being offered, the crispness of the graphics, the presence or absence of customization features, and more. Mobile poker is a rapidly expanding segment of the market, and we’ll relate to you how easy or difficult it will be to play on your smartphone or tablet at the site of your choice.

There’s truly no excuse to go into a poker software download blind when we’ve already done the hard work of evaluating the best and worst ones for you. Whether you use Windows, Linux, or a Mac, let us guide you towards an appropriate poker software option for your particular circumstances.

No Deposit Bonus

There are some poker sites that will give you free money to get started on your online poker journey without the need for you to risk any of your own funds! While these freeplays are typically for nugatory sums of money, careful bankroll management and dedicated play could see you grow your balance to astronomical heights.

We’ve scoured the Internet to find you the best no deposit offers around, and you can find information about them in our No Deposit Bonus Category. We’ll tell you the amount of each bonus and any special conditions you must complete before you’ll be able to withdraw the free money. Some no deposit bonuses are given in the form of tournament entries while others can be used at the cash game tables. Read our content to learn everything you need to know about no deposit bonuses.


We’re extremely proud of our in-depth Poker Reviews here at FTR. From bonuses to software, traffic volume to cashier options, there’s hardly anything that has escaped the notice of our eagle-eyed reviewers. We’ve tried out some of the leading poker sites on the planet so that you can benefit from our experience.

With dozens or hundreds of options to choose from, it’s no wonder that many newcomers to the world of online poker are bewildered. We’ve evaluated each facet of the poker sites so that you can compare them against one another. We believe that an overall numerical rating tells only part of the picture, so we’ve broken down our reviews into easy-to-digest sections. Focus on what matters to you the most so that you can make the best possible decisions regarding where you want to play.

VIP Programs

Much like airlines and credit card companies, online poker sites offer VIP programs to reward their loyal customers. Unlike the percent or two here and there that most businesses in different industries offer, the rewards available at certain poker sites are truly remarkable. So that you don’t miss out on any benefits to which you’re entitled, we’ve compiled information in our VIP Programs Category on the top loyalty programs in Internet poker.

Freeroll invitations, tournament entries, merchandise, and cold, hard cash are just some of the ways that poker firms will reward you. At each site, we’ll tell you how the VIP benefits work and how to increase your rank. At the highest tier of some reward schemes, players may be able to achieve rates of 60% or even higher in effective cash back!

If you neglect to take advantage of your VIP benefits, they will just go to waste. High-volume players could be costing themselves thousands of dollars per month if they ignore these extras to which they are entitled. Read up on VIP Programs here at FTR so that this doesn’t happen to you!