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It’s our mission to turn you into a winning poker player. Over the years, we’ve been adding timeless strategy articles to help you learn poker. We’ve also done the research across hundreds of online sites to recommend only the best places to play poker. And finally, we offer a free and friendly forum where you can discuss poker with thousands of other poker players.

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If you’re new to the game of poker, this is where you should start. Our poker strategy articles will give you enough knowledge to build a solid foundation. Poker is easy to learn, but difficult to master, and with our tools, your studies will make a significant positive change to your game, and of course, your bankroll.

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The FTR poker forum opened for registration in 2003. Since then, we’ve had over 130,000 members sign up to discuss poker with over 1.2 million posts. Don’t worry if you’re completely new, we pride ourselves on being kind to all players as we know that everyone was once a noob. Join today and take your game to the next level.

Featured Poker Strategy Articles

Our curated collection of the best strategy articles from top FTR members!

soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 16 – Building Your Stack

strategies for effectively building and maintaining a chip stack during the middle stages of a poker tournament

soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 1

insights on winning multi-table tournaments (MTTs) in poker, emphasizing the importance of patience, pacing, and various strategies like tight play in the early stages, emotional control, and playing within one’s financial and emotional means

chardrian’s Beginner’s List of Poker Leaks

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.

Limit Omaha High-Low Guide

Omaha High-Low is one of those rare poker games that appeals to people that like to gamble it up as well as to nits who don’t like to play many hands. Good players have a substantial advantage over either category of opponents as long they remember to draw to the nuts.

Running it Twice: The Ultimate Guide

Looking for information on running it twice in poker? In our ultimate guide we explain what it is, show examples, and give our advice on when you should and shouldn’t run it twice, and more.

PLO Survival Guide

There’s a lot of money to be made in Pot Limit Omaha, but if you’re a No Limit Hold’em player, then you’re likely making big mistakes. Read on to find out how to properly evaluate starting hands, estimate the value of drawing hands and control the size of the pot.

Latest Poker Strategy Articles

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soupie’s Win MTT Poker 12 – Poker Secrets and Tilt

soupie’s Win MTT Poker 12 – Poker Secrets and Tilt

various MTT poker strategies, emphasizing the importance of understanding betting patterns and making accurate reads on opponents, while also highlighting the detrimental effects of tilt and the need for emotional control, using vivid metaphors and references to literature to drive home key points
[FTR Quick Tip 002] Preflop Raise Sizing

[FTR Quick Tip 002] Preflop Raise Sizing

the importance of appropriately sizing your preflop raises in poker, emphasizing situations when one might want to raise larger due to dead money in the pot or exploitable tendencies in opponents, and when to raise smaller, especially when facing short stacks or frequent three-bettors behind
Small Stakes Limit Holdem Theorems

Small Stakes Limit Holdem Theorems

“Poker is a game of cards, people and position” – Multiple sources “There is nothing you can do about the cards” – Multiple sources Consider that playing cards well will only get you so far if your ultimate goal is to score as many points as possible. If I'm beating...

More Poker Tells and Reviews

More Poker Tells and Reviews

When playing live poker, you can get important tells on your opponents by carefully paying attention to their movements and actions. Whenever players seem to deliberately go out of their way to give you information, the actual information is usually the opposite of what they're trying to tell you.
[FTR Quick Tip 020] Video: Double Barreling

[FTR Quick Tip 020] Video: Double Barreling

In today's Texas Hold'em games, you can't just have a "one and done" philosophy to c-betting. You'll often be required to follow up with a bet on the turn or risk exploitation. By examining ranges and board texture, you can learn to make better two-barreling decisions.
2 Tabling $10 NL 6 Max & Full Ring Analysis by Bigspenda

2 Tabling $10 NL 6 Max & Full Ring Analysis by Bigspenda

Bigspenda73 demonstrates playing on two tables simultaneously, one with 9-handed No Limit and the other with 6-handed, highlighting the differences in playing styles, analyzing specific hands with equity calculations, and showcasing a tight-aggressive gameplay approach
Why You Suck At Limit Holdem

Why You Suck At Limit Holdem

It's common for beginning players to perform poorly at the poker tables. Some of the errors frequently displayed by novice Limit Hold'em players include playing too many hands, cold-calling with inferior holdings, folding good hands to a single bet on the river and more.
ISF – Why Being OOP Sucks

ISF – Why Being OOP Sucks

being in position provides players with an additional street of information compared to being out of position, allowing for better pot control, and highlighting that the strength of a player's hand can often be overshadowed by the advantages of position, even when facing stronger hands
Apply Yourself at Learning Poker

Apply Yourself at Learning Poker

Whenever you read poker strategy guides or books, you must be prepared to study them carefully. Merely skimming the contents will not advance your game very much at all. You should always consider the strategic implications of anything you read to get the maximum value from it.
Omaha Hi/Lo Rules

Omaha Hi/Lo Rules

Omaha Hi/Lo is a form of Omaha poker that, unlike regular Omaha, is usually played in limit rather than pot limit format. You'll be trying to make hands for both high and low in this format. With any luck, you'll scoop both parts of the pot!
[FTR Quick Tip 006] 3-Betting, Part 3: Merging

[FTR Quick Tip 006] 3-Betting, Part 3: Merging

the strategy of 3-betting with a merged range, discussing the importance of adjusting one's 3-betting approach based on the opponent's tendencies, especially against players who frequently call 3-bets, and highlights the value of using hands that can perform well post-flop when incorporating bluffs into this merged range
Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 1

Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 1

When it's folded to your SB in a poker tournament, you ought to be shoving pretty wide if your stack is small. You need to consider how often the big blind will fold, how often he will call and win, and how often he will call and you will win to be able to calculate if it's profitable to go all in.
No Limit Texas Hold’em Rules

No Limit Texas Hold’em Rules

a guide to the rules of No-Limit Texas Hold'em, covering the game's structure, betting rounds, and special scenarios like "going all-in" and "side pots," while also highlighting key differences between online and live poker

Poker Charts & Poker Odds Articles

Understand poker math.

Basic Poker Odds

Basic Poker Odds

the probabilities associated with various poker scenarios, detailing the chances of being dealt specific hands pre-flop, the likelihood of achieving certain hand combinations post-flop, and the odds of hitting desired hands on the turn or river
Basic Poker Odds

Pyroxene’s Common Flop Odds

detailed analysis of common flop odds in poker, specifically focusing on 8-out straight draws, and categorizes them into two types—TYPE-1 and TYPE-2—while offering mathematical probabilities for each scenario based on different types of connectors

Poker Editorials About Whatever

Just for fun!

What is FTR?

Online since 2003!

Hi, I’m Tyler and welcome to FTR! If you’re new to FTR, this is what we’re all about in a nutshell – to help the average Joe become a winning, profitable Texas Holdem poker player and to provide an active, friendly, and intelligent online poker community.

Flop Turn River.com has been around since 2003, when I started to seriously learn and play online Texas Holdem. My real education began in 2003 (even though I had played poker and holdem casually for many years), studying poker books, reading whatever online materials I could find, and eventually, joining and playing at an online poker room. My online poker adventure would begin on an impulse late one Saturday evening, after seeing a random Paradise Poker commercial on TV. I opened an account, deposited some money, and began to play Texas Holdem online for the first time. It was absolute thrilling! At Paradise Poker, I started playing the $.50-$1.00 Limit Texas Holdem poker game.

As a brand new player to the online poker world, I was a pretty easy target. A “fish” you could say. A student of Sklansky’s books, my poker education started and developed in the low stakes Limit Texas Holdem ring game where I eventually developed into a break-even player …after dropping a bankroll of $700.

But then I began experimenting with other variations of Texas Hold’em. I moved from the low stakes Limit Texas Holdem ring game to Limit Texas Holdem tournaments at Paradise Poker. I played $10 Limit Sit-n-Go Tournaments (10 player tournaments), and started having a lot more fun playing Texas Holdem, but was still just a break-even poker player, even in this form of Texas Hold’em.

I then switched from Limit Sit-n-Go’s to the No Limit Sit-n-Go Tournaments, where I enjoyed greater success, graduating to a slightly winning poker player. I started to develop a No Limit Texas Holdem strategy that was working for me. I moved my game to UltimateBet (remember these assholes?!), to take advantage of the new user bonus, and here I finally migrated my poker game to the No-Limit Texas Holdem ring game variation. I practiced my no limit texas holdem strategies at UltimateBet’s low stakes $.10-$.25 tables, while earning some free bonus dollars.

While figuring out No Limit Texas Holdem was the game for me and developing that strategy, I also learned that earning free money through initial deposit bonuses offered by the poker rooms was an easy way to pad my beginner’s bankroll. I would take my game to Party Poker, followed by Empire Poker, then ACR Poker, and would eventually join every other major online poker room in existence, taking advantage of new player bonus dollars wherever possible.

I also put in a lot of hours earning the big bonus at Bovada, where I worked off the $600 welcome bonus grinding out low stakes no limit Texas Holdem. The poker bonuses helped me stay afloat during this early period of playing.

Anyway, I would find my greatest success, and profits, playing this form of Texas Hold’em – No Limit ring games. Needless to say, by the latter end of 2003, I was a consistently profitable online Texas Holdem poker player, more than recouping my initial losses, and I’ve been tacking on poker profits ever since. I’ve been a profitable online poker player since September of 2003, and had a stretch of 18 profitable months in a row. These days I’ll play any No Limit Holdem table with buy-in’s up to about $1,000, and when playing online I prefer to multi-table four tables at a time.

Becoming a winning poker player, in my opinion, was not that difficult. It took some time, it took the right variation of Holdem poker that I was most competent, and over a $700 bankroll in my case, but at the end of the learning experience, I developed a No Limit Texas Holdem strategy that would prove to give back so much more. Eric helped me publish the little poker knowledge I had to share with other players, and so begain our little online Texas Holdem strategy website. Solid and useful no limit holdem strategies and discussions were hard to come by back then, so we delivered our own, and if you’re a losing poker player, the strategies on this website will undoubtedly help you.

FTR has become so much more than my personal no limit Texas Holdem strategy site since then – FTR is now a strategy and discussion site for all forms of Texas Holdem. In fact, FTR is anything and everything about poker. Strategies, tips, advice, and tactics were the foundations of FTR, but you can find good reads on a wide range of other poker subjects – especially in the depths of our very active and exciting Poker Forum.

First off, if you are new to FlopTurnRiver.com, be sure to visit our Beginner Poker section to help get you acquainted with FTR, Texas Hold’em, and poker in general. Then browse around our articles, study are Poker Strategy essays, become a part of our friendly Poker Community. And then play some poker. Nothing beats experience when it comes to developing your poker game. Visit our Poker Room Reviews, utilize our great poker bonus codes. Drop by our Poker Forums and let us know your progress – we are always willing to talk shop and help players out. The members here range from beginner players brand new to poker all the way up to seasoned professionals, so no matter what level you’re at, you can feel right at home.

Online poker is a profitable pastime. And so much fun!

Our goal is to help expedite your holdem strategy development by offering our strategies and advice…for free. All it takes is the right learning materials, the right feedback, and accumulating experience by playing hands and hands of poker. Now go study, play some poker, and make some money. Thanks for visiting FTR, and we’ll see you at the tables!

– Tyler “Tatonka” D.