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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!

Taking the Next Step

In poker, it’s important to keep improving your game so that you can move up in stakes. By carefully considering bankroll management, studying the player pool at your new level and approaching the bigger game with the right mindset, you can increase your chances for success.

Blind Stealing 101

highlights the underutilization of blind stealing and defense strategies by many poker players

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

ISF’s Heads Up Cash Game Strategies

When playing heads-up No Limit Hold’em poker, you need to modify the strategies that you would use at larger tables. Remember to focus on every hand and adjust to the specific player you’re up against, because every hand you play will be against him or her.

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!

Sauce123 Common Mistakes & Strategy (6-Max $200 NLHE)

My first video. I tried to explain my thought process when going through every decision point in a hand and play in a non-standard way meant to exploit my opponents. I also tried to do some hand reading and point out some common mistakes of SSNL and MSNL players. Let me know what you think.

Latest Poker Strategy Articles

Learn from fellow FTR members!

[FTR Quick Tip 009] Isolating Limpers

[FTR Quick Tip 009] Isolating Limpers

the importance of using selective aggression and position to exploit players who frequently limp at the poker table, suggesting that players should not only raise with their strongest hands but also widen their ranges to capitalize on the mistakes of limpers in no limit Texas Hold'em cash games
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
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.
Balance is the Key

Balance is the Key

finding the right balance between playing too tightly and too loosely is crucial for success in poker, emphasizing that tracking software can assist but ultimately, adapting your strategy based on the game's dynamics is key
5 Card Stud Rules

5 Card Stud Rules

5 Card Stud has long been popular in home games although it's difficult to find online. While there are similarities between this game and 7 Card Stud, there are fewer cards dealt. One similarity between 5 Card Stud and Texas Hold'em is that there are four rounds of betting.
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.
[FTR Quick Tip 017] Checking Back the Turn

[FTR Quick Tip 017] Checking Back the Turn

while aggression is a key trait of a successful poker player, there are situations where checking, even with a perceived best hand, can be beneficial; the video specifically discusses reasons to consider checking on the turn in No Limit Hold’em cash games
[FTR Quick Tip 018] 4nl Session Recording

[FTR Quick Tip 018] 4nl Session Recording

Getting reads on your opponents is crucial in any form of poker. It is especially important in cash games where you might play against the same opponents for an hour or more. By carefully observing what your opponents do, even in hands where you've folded, you'll be able to exploit them.
Analyzing some WSOP Main Event Hands

Analyzing some WSOP Main Event Hands

World Series of Poker action sees some talented players square off against each other. By examining the televised hands, we can often gain insights into excellent plays and boneheaded mistakes that the pros make. It's very important to extract as much value as you can with your monsters.
Do You Need Poker Tracking Software to Make Money?

Do You Need Poker Tracking Software to Make Money?

Poker tracking software has become increasingly common lately. This leads to the question: Can a player succeed at higher levels without using a HUD or other software? What if the player is only playing a single table? The answer, as it should always be, is "it depends."
[FTR Quick Tip 021] Video: Making Adjustments

[FTR Quick Tip 021] Video: Making Adjustments

If you play the same way against different opponents at the poker table, you're making a big mistake. The true pros always tailor their actions to the leaks and tendencies that they identify in their foes. You can get a lot of information by carefully observing the other players.

Poker Charts & Poker Odds Articles

Understand poker math.

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
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

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.