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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!

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Strategy (Part 1): The Basics

If you like game theory or just learning to read opponents well, then no-limit 2-7 single draw is a game that you will absolutely love.

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.

Poker Hands

Find out the Ranking of Texas Holdem Poker Hands & the Order of each, from Royal Flush down to High Card, then take our hand ranking quiz!

ISF Theorem

the importance of understanding and comparing the range of hands you and your opponent might have in poker, emphasizing that if your range is ahead of your opponent’s, you should bluff more, and if it’s behind, you should play tighter

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.

Low Buy-in SNG Do’s & Dont’s

Many people are contemplating getting started in low-stakes SNGs. By following a few tips for what to do at the tables and what to avoid, you’ll be well on your way to success. While you’ll want to consider each decision separately, these guidelines will serve you well as you get started.

Latest Poker Strategy Articles

Learn from fellow FTR members!

Heads Up SNG Survival Guide

Heads Up SNG Survival Guide

Heads-up SNGs can be extremely fun and profitable. Before playing, however, you need to make sure you're adequately rolled for the stakes you're going to play. Also, it's probably helpful to brush up on your push/fold game because these types of tournaments often feature short-stacked play.
When the Game is Good……

When the Game is Good……

When things are good at the table, you are winning money hand-over-fist! The key to keeping this rush or lucky streak going is to keep playing for as long as possible! Don’t set an end-time or pre-set a certain amount of winnings that will trigger the end of your session – just keep grinding!
Order of Poker Hands – Omaha

Order of Poker Hands – Omaha

There are a few superficial similarities between No Limit Texas Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha. The names of the streets and the rounds of betting are identical. There are important differences as well, not least of which is the fact that there are four hole cards in PLO.
TLR’s Guide to All Things Turbo

TLR’s Guide to All Things Turbo

strategies specific to turbo Sit & Go (SNG) poker tournaments, emphasizing the importance of position, stack size, and aggressive play, especially during the bubble phase and heads-up situations, to maximize chances of success
5 Card Draw Rules

5 Card Draw Rules

5 Card Draw is a game that's familiar to many poker players through fondly remembered games around the kitchen table. With only two betting rounds and the possibility of replacing cards you don't like, the game is completely different from Texas Hold'em.
A Jedi Mind Trick for Improving at Poker

A Jedi Mind Trick for Improving at Poker

You don't just have an innate, unchangeable level of skill at poker. By adopting the right mindset and exercising your willpower regularly, you'll be able to make substantial improvements -- improvements that may well put you ahead of someone with a higher level of natural talent.
Personal Attacks and the Check Raise

Personal Attacks and the Check Raise

There's a weird school of thought that check-raising in live poker is unfriendly or ungentlemanly behavior. But it is merely just another tool in your strategic arsenal. It's usually not used to make a personal assault against an opponent. Use it to bet for value or bluff as usual.
The ABC’s of Continuation Betting

The ABC’s of Continuation Betting

C-betting is something you should routinely be doing when the flop misses you. You need to take into account your position, the number of opponents on the flop, your hand and other factors when deciding whether or not to make a continuation bet.
Poker Tournament Skills

Poker Tournament Skills

the essential skills required to consistently win at Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs) in poker, highlighting key areas such as inflection point play, chip extraction, selective aggression, and the importance of patience and resilience
FTR SNG Strategy: Maximizing value in HU situations Part 3

FTR SNG Strategy: Maximizing value in HU situations Part 3

Heads-up play in a Sit and Go tournament is different from normal play at a larger table. Your ranges will need to be very wide. By winning more than your fair share of HU duels, you'll be able to increase your ROI and profits in any SNG especially multi-table SNGs.
HORSE Rules

HORSE Rules

In HORSE, players must play 5 different poker games: Hold'em, Omaha/8, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud/8. All games are in limit betting format, and each game is played for eight hands before the next game in the rotation begins.
Reverse ISF theorem and Manipulation

Reverse ISF theorem and Manipulation

the concept of the "Reverse ISF theorem" advises players to manipulate their opponents' actions by adjusting their own play style, aiming to make opponents play passively when the player has a weaker range and more aggressively when the player has a stronger range

Poker Charts & Poker Odds Articles

Understand poker math.

Pot Odds and Outs Chart

Pot Odds and Outs Chart

You need to learn the odds of completing common drawing hands in order to have any chance at the poker tables. Memorize the chart contained in this article or at least learn how to approximate your chances by applying a simple formula. There are also software tools that allow precise calculation.
Pot Odds and Outs Chart

Calculating Pot Odds in Texas Holdem

Pot odds are something that every poker player must become familiar with. You need to learn how to use the size of the pot, the size of the bet facing you and the number of outs you have to determine if you can profitably call. After you've mastered pot odds, move on to implied odds.

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.