Practice 4 card poker online for free

Invented by Roger Snow, 4 card poker is a relative newcomer to the casino poker scene. It can take a little while to get used to. In the meantime, why not pick up some tips by playing 4 card poker online for free?

In 4 card poker 5 cards are dealt to the player, while the dealer is dealt 5 cards face down and a sixth face up. Player and dealer make their best 4 card hands. The best hand is 4 of a kind, followed by a straight flush, 3 of a kind, flush, straight, etc.

Regular poker players will find that when you take away that fifth card, you've got a whole new game, with different betting strategies and a subtly-adjusted array of winning hands. It might be advisable to put in some practice before breaking into the credit account.

Join the Bodog site (www.poker.bodog.co.uk) and you can start off by playing on the free online practice tables using virtual money, before you think you are ready to check out the real money tables.

The Wizard Of Odds (www.wizardofodds.com) can provide you with the basic information on rules, variations and side-bets, as well as a succinct summary of betting strategies. The site also tells you the percentage edge that the dealer holds, assuming you stick to a rigid betting pattern.

For instant addiction, the slight variant on 4 card poker called Crazy 4 Poker (www.crazy4pokeronline.com) takes some beating. After just a few minutes you'll be hitting that deal button in a mesmerised trance as the subtleties of the betting gradually become apparent. They give you a virtual $1000 to take on the dealer, and practice at this version of 4 card poker online for free certainly pays dividends.

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