A really useful facility available on BBO is the ability to play with "Robots". This simply means that where any of the playing positions are designated as a "Robot", this player's hand is played by the BBO computer.
This is very useful, both for familiarising yourself with the BBO interface before playing competitively and also for playing with a partner against two robot opponents.
When you take this latter option you are able to analyse the bidding and the play after playing each hand before moving on to the next. This is a great learning tool. In this mode you are not dropped off the table for slow play, so you can take your time over reviewing the hand in detail if you wish to.
Note: Whilst playing casual games with 4 players is free on BBO, if you want to use robots the site makes a small charge. You are charged $1 per day for playing with robots, but this is for an unlimited number of games. Therefore if you want to take advantage of this option you have to first buy some BB$. This is simple to do. On the home screen you will see a button labelled "BB$", if you click on this it will take you to a screen where you can add some dollars using either your Credit Card or PayPal. The minimum is $10 ( appx £8). Your card will automatically convert the dollar charge to sterling.
Here is how you set up BBO to have a game using robots:
When you log on you will see this screen: