Explanation of VPIPin Poker

VPIP stands for “voluntarily put in pot” and is the phrase for a common poker statistic. The statistic describes how often a player voluntarily invests chips into the pot when given an opportunity. It hence indicates how “tight” or “loose” a specific player is - often pronounced as “vee-pip”.

Note that checking our option in the bigblind when facing a limp does not count as voluntarily investing chips into the pot. 

Example of VPIP used in a sentence -> It was hard to give Villain credit preflop given that his VPIP was so high. 

VPIP in Poker Strategy

VPIP is generally more of interestto online players rather than live players. Online players often have an automated way of tracking the VPIP of their opponents. Live players would have to do the same calculation manually (which is too involved).

A typical 6-max online cash game player will have a VPIP between 20% and 25%. A standard full-ring online cash game player will have a VPIP between 15% and 20%. The higher the VPIP, the “looser” a player is. When they enter a pot, the less we should give them credit for having a strong hand.

Live players usually have higher VPIPs than online players on average -presumably due to the slow nature of physically dealing out cards. Live players would rarely track the precise VPIP frequency of their opponents. But they should still have a good idea regarding which opponents are tight and which are loose. 

See Also

Preflop, Big-Blind, Cash Game, Short Handed, Nit
 

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