Originally Posted by KeepBlinkin
i read an article were the tight players play only 20% of their hands.. that is a real tight player
Actually no it isn't. I would consider someone at 20% to be a somewhat tight player but hardly very tight or "real tight".
However - and this is important - you do need some context. Are we talking about tournaments? Full ring? 6-max? Heads-Up? Some combination of the above?
My first statement above would apply to full ring (9/10 max cash games). So in that context you will see players with vp$ip's of anywhere from 3-4% (this is ultra-tight..basically nits who only play AA/KK) up to as high as high 90s (don't laugh..i've seen fish with vp$ip's in the mid 90s..and that's over a sizeable sample).
Good, solid and fairly standard tag play will probably not see you getting over 20% and even 20% is slightly high. I would start to consider people with 10% or less to be very tight, 10%-~17.5% (roughly...limits could affect the upper bound here as well) to be fairly standard tight range, if you start getting over that and you are getting a little bit too loose to be called tight I think. So I'm gonna call the 17.5%-25% crowd "tightish".
Start getting over 25% and it's hard to call you tight at all. Of course there is a huge difference between Tight/Passive and Tight/Aggressive and where the aggression begins and ends (preflop? postflop? all the way to the river?). Point being I might call someone at 25% "tightish" who is simply looking to get in preflop cheaply and then only play hands they connect with solidly after that. I would not call someone tight in any way shape or form at 25% who plays every hand aggressively all the way to the river.