“Luckily for the readers of Vanity Fair, it will be he who is to explain, month by month, to its card-loving subscribers the best way to combine pleasure with profit at Pirate Bridge. I must not encroach upon his province of scientific explanations, but I should like to point out six major advantages of the game of Pirate:
First: You can—if you are clever—avoid tying yourself up with a tedious or idiotic partner.
Second: The hands which will work best together tend to come together as partners.
Third: Fewer final bids are set back, this shortening the duration—and bother—of every rubber.
Fourth: Every player is playing for himself. Four individual scores are kept, all independent.
Fifth: You may feel inclined to blame someone for ‘accepting’ you, when the hand goes wrong; but you are not tied to him for a rubber.
Sixth: It is a first-rate game for the man who fancies his own individual play, and has many of the best elements of poker.” [via]