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Since 2003, FTR’s goal has been to build a friendly online community where people love to discuss poker. Our timeless poker strategy articles will help you take the next step in becoming a winning poker player.

Welcome to Flop Turn River!

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.

Learn Poker

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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Discuss Poker

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!

ISF – Forming Ranges

delves into the concept of forming hand ranges in poker, explaining that understanding the rationale behind your hand choices can help you self-repair leaks in your game

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.

Calculating Hand Combinations

understanding hand combinations in poker, discussing the probability of specific hand occurrences, the impact of blockers on potential hand combinations, and how to quickly calculate the likelihood of certain hands based on visible cards and known blockers

Pot-Limit Omaha Fundamentals

Pot Limit Omaha is an exciting, action-filled game that anyone can play. But you need to be mindful of the differences between PLO and Texas Hold’em. For starters, you must use exactly two cards from your hand and exactly three from the board.

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.

Using Game Theory in SNG Tournaments (Part 1): Heads Up Basics

Basic heads-up SNG scenarios are often much more complicated than they seem, and game theory helps us to understand why.

Latest Poker Strategy Articles

Learn from fellow FTR members!

Texas Holdem Position

Texas Holdem Position

the critical role of player position in Texas Hold'em poker, explaining that having a favorable position allows you to gather more information on other players' actions, thereby enabling better decision-making
[FTR Quick Tip 015] Floating the Flop

[FTR Quick Tip 015] Floating the Flop

the advanced poker strategy of floating on the flop, emphasizing its effectiveness when used judiciously, but cautioning against indiscriminate floating which can lead to becoming a predictable calling station
Practice makes Perfect

Practice makes Perfect

challenges the common adage, asserting that while practice is essential, it's the quality of practice that truly matters, emphasizing that perfect practice leads to optimal performance and highlighting the importance of understanding and correcting mistakes outside of live play
Dealing With Bad Beats

Dealing With Bad Beats

the inevitability of bad beats in poker, emphasizing that they are a part of the game, often reinforcing poor play in some players, and highlighting the psychological stages players go through when faced with such situations, from anger to indifference
Beating Small-Stakes Cash Games

Beating Small-Stakes Cash Games

challenges and misconceptions faced by skilled players when playing at lower stakes, emphasizing the importance of adjusting one's strategy, avoiding over-bluffing, and recognizing that advanced poker knowledge can sometimes be a hindrance in games where straightforward play is more effective against weaker opponent
You Can’t Make Your Opponent Fold

You Can’t Make Your Opponent Fold

in Texas Hold'em poker, you can't force an opponent to fold; instead, you can only make it more difficult for them to stay in the hand by influencing their choices, such as by raising the stakes, ultimately leaving the final decision to them
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.
PLO Pot Limit Omaha Books

PLO Pot Limit Omaha Books

recommendations for books to read for those interested in learning Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO), including titles by Jeff Hwang, Stewart Reuben, and Rolf Slotboom, among others, while also discussing the value of each book's content
iPhone Online Poker How-To

iPhone Online Poker How-To

You can easily play poker on your iPhone or other iOS device. Despite the fact that Apple doesn't like gambling apps in its app store, you can use three simple techniques to start playing almost immediately. Remember to use a reliable connection when playing for real money.
[FTR Quick TIP 016] Identifying Fish

[FTR Quick TIP 016] Identifying Fish

quick tip on identifying weaker players, often referred to as "fish," in poker, emphasizing that the majority of profits come from exploiting these players and providing guidance on how to quickly recognize and take advantage of them in No Limit Hold'em cash games
Badugi Rules

Badugi Rules

Badugi is a weird, yet addictive, type of poker. You get four cards, and you have to try to make the lowest possible hand without repeating ranks or suits. There are three draws, so you have ample opportunity to get rid of cards you don't like.

Poker Charts & Poker Odds Articles

Understand poker math.

Texas Hold’em Flop Odds

Texas Hold’em Flop Odds

mathematical aspects of Texas Hold'em poker, emphasizing the importance of understanding flop odds, particularly when holding a pair, and provides formulas to calculate the likelihood of an overcard appearing on the flop
Texas Hold’em Flop 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 Hands Odds

Poker Hands Odds

breakdown of the odds and percentages associated with various poker hand match-ups, both pre-flop and post-flop, helping players understand the likelihood of specific outcomes, such as the chances of an overpair beating a flush draw or the odds of a set over set scenario

Poker Editorials About Whatever

Just for fun!

The $6,000,000 Poker Player

The $6,000,000 Poker Player

by combining the skills and attributes of various top players, one can conceptualize the ultimate poker player, with attributes such as the fundamentals of Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, the aggression of Phil Ivey, the creativity of Tom "Durrrr" Dwan, and the hand-reading abilities of Phil Galfond

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.