from the site:
What is a VIP Player Point?
VIP Player Points (VPPs) are a counter that is used to measure how much you play in PokerStars
’ real money
tournaments and ring games. The formula used to compute how many VPPs you earn for playing is described on our Earn page. Every time you earn a VPP, you also earn at least one Frequent Player Point (FPP), but as you advance in the VIP Club, you can earn even more FPPs for more frequent play.
Note that FPPs accrued through other means, do not qualify for VPPs, so do not count towards raising your VIP Club status. Specifically, the following do not accrue VPPs:
You play (and win) a 1,000 FPP satellite that awards a seat into a 10,000 FPP satellite. You choose to unregister from that larger satellite and take the 10,000 FPPs. You can keep and use those FPPs, but you will not also receive more VPPs.
Bonus FPPs that you accrue through the VIP FPP program. For instance, suppose you are a SilverStar VIP. SilverStar members receive an instant 50% FPP bonus. So if you earn 400 VPPs in a week, we give you 200 bonus FPPs. The 200 bonus FPPs we give you do not also get your VPPs.
FPPs that we may give you for completing surveys, etc.