## Definition of mismatched

Mismatched means that two cards are not the same suit. By suit, we mean the four suits of the four families of the classic 52-card deck (hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds). If you receive an ace and a king in spades, your cards are said to match. If you receive an ace in spades and a king in clubs, your cards are said to be mismatched. Any combination that is not spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs is considered mismatched.

## Mismatched cards vs. matched cards

If you've ever played poker, you know that as a rule, people like matching cards. While you shouldn't overvalue them either, it is true that matching cards will give you an advantage over non-matching cards. For example, let's take a hand like 8-9 mismatched and compare it to a hand like 8-9 suited. We will calculate the equity of each hand against a random hand. 8-9 mismatched will have a 48% equity against a random hand while a hand like 8-9 matched will have a 51% equity. In the long run, this is the difference between losing a little and winning.