Voluntarily Putting money Into the Pot

By Debra SaundersGoogle
In poker this is a way to record what type of player you are. You can gauge whether you are a tight player or a loose player by recording how many times you pre-flop raise or call.

The small and big blinds do not count and neither do the antes because this action is not considered voluntary. You have to put this money into the pot to play the game. That would also include times when you are forced to pay ‘the bring’ when you are playing stud poker. What really matters when measuring VPIP is the money you put into the pot through your own decision.

As for reading or taking notes from your VPIP, which is displayed in percentage, is actually quite easy. It’s as simple as this. The higher your percentage the looser you are, and the lower your percentage the tighter you are. That would mean that 0% equals not hands played and 100% would mean that a player has played every hand.

One of the most difficult concepts of VPIP is reading your stats and applying them to the table you are sat at. If you are playing shorthanded, so 6-max tables, then you will need to have a higher VPIP. In this case you would not be able to apply that VOIP to a 9-player game. In a 9 player game you need to be a lot tighter because there are more potentially strong hands out there.

What you can do is ensure that your previous VPIP on a 9-max table is a higher percentage when you are playing on the 6-max tables. For 9-player tables it is generally suggested that you have a VPIP of around 25%. That means you should only be playing around five hands out of every twenty, but because of card variation this is not always the case.

You may be looking at your VPIP and the rating is 20% on a 6-max table. It should be around 30%, but you have been getting a bad run of cards that means you have been unable to push the table around confidently enough. In the end, this will even itself out when you begin to hit better cards. However, it is down to experience on how well you can catch up or whether or not the low percentage is a true reflection of tight play.

On most of your poker software you will get stats box that will show you how many times you have seen the flop. This is not always an accurate assessment of how many times you actually went into the pot. The reason is because you may raise, but someone else goes all in, and then you fold. On the poker stats it will not record that you tries to play that hand.

The best way to get accurate VPIP rating is to use a casino bonus code that allows you to take advantage of free software at the same time. This way you can track not only your own VPIP, but your opponents’ too. 

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