WTSD stands for went to showdown and is a measure of how often a player goes to showdown after seeing a flop.

As a very rough guide, most players have a WTSD stat of around 25%. Values above this may indicate that a player is reluctant to let go of their hand postflop. 

In this guide we’ll learn the following - 

What Does a High WTSD Mean in Poker?

A high WTSD (noticeably above 25%) simply means that a player is getting to showdown very often after seeing the flop. In many cases this could be because a player is reluctant to let go of hands postflop, but it is important to keep in mind that this is not the only factor that can cause a high WTSD. In very passive games where players check down a lot postflop it means the average WTSD of every player at the table is going to be higher.

What Does a Low WTSD Mean in Poker?

A low WTSD(noticeably below 25%) simply means that a player is not reaching showdown often after seeing the flop. This means they must be folding (or getting their opponents to fold) more frequently postflop. Although this could indicate that a player is folding too much, it is important to keep in mind that this is not the only factor that can cause a low WTSD. In very aggressive games where a lot of aggression and/or overbetting takes place, the average WTSD of every player at the table is going to be lower.

How does WTSD Affect the Red Line?

A low WTSD might mean that we are folding a lot postflop. Any time we are folding more often than we should it means that our red line (non-showdown winnings) is going to fall steeply. 

However, it could also mean that we are bluffing a lot postflop (causing our opponents to fold) which will cause our red line to rise.

In other words there is not a direct relationship between our red line and WTSD stat, it all depends on why our WTSD stat is the way it is.

Which are the Other Stats Similar to WTSD?

WTSD (went to showdown) is typically grouped together with WSD (won at showdown) and WWSF (won when saw flop). WSD tells us how often a player wins the pot when reaching showdown whereas WWSF tells us how often a player goes on to win the pot after seeing the flop. These three stats are often used together to create a rough idea regarding a player’s overall play style.

What Should My WTSD be in Poker?

It is generally considered that WTSD should be around 25%. Depending on play style many players have a WTSD a few percent high or lower than this. However, if WTSD is significantly different from 25% over a decent sample size of hands it usually indicates that the player in question has issues with their game (leaks).

What Types of Players Have a High WTSD?

A high WTSD does not always guarantee a specific type of player. A player might have a high WTSD because he is a calling station. 

However, he might also have a high WTSD because he is not bluffing enough (i.e. overly passive) even if he is not actually a calling station.

Two players could have the same WTSD stat while one is a big winner and the other a big loser. It is therefore more important to consider why the WTSD stat is the way it is, rather than the exact value. 

WTSD – Final Pointers

Good poker players typically have WTSD values around 25%. If ourWTSD value is significantly different from 25% it may indicate that we have leaks in our game. Why not check out the related term page on WWSF?

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