Misery Index is a very useful and applicable to poker to be aware of the rates that our expectations will materialize expected pre-flop on the board.
The introduction of this simple table in poker is due to Mike Caro, author of numerous best-selling poker-themed.
The basic concept that will demonstrate Caro is centered on the gameplay of starting hands as couples. Of course AA is the most playable while 22 is the least playable.
If on the one hand, as well known, in certain game situations the pairs low-medium have almost the same value on the other hand is well talk about their playability crossing two factors which must occur simultaneously (and this happens very often in the game of poker ).
In the first we assume that our couple does not improve on the flop (so we do not set) and in the second we assume that falls at least one high card of our couple. For AA this will never happen, while 22 will be 88, 24% of the time.
These two conditions are met on 11, 67% of the time when you have KK, the 31.12% of the time with QQ and 49.26% of the time with JJ. As you can see with the worsening of the degree of the pair% getting into difficulties on the flop increases dramatically.
If we go down below the pair of Jacks these two conditions will be “almost always“, or 60% of the time with 10-10, 70% of the time with 99, 76 with 88% then move on to more than 80% % for all pairs less than or equal to 77.
In other words, we expect a good gameplay by JJ up, because from 10-10 down conditions will rarely “safe” or favorable to the flop.