House edge is a gambling term used in both land-based and online casinos. It refers to the advantage the casino has over the players. Most often, the house edge is expressed in percentages, and it is the direct opposite of the RTP. For example, if a game has an RTP of 96%, the house edge would be 4%.
House edge is one of casinos’ ways to make money. It can vary from one casino to another, and can also change depending on the game you are playing. What’s more, the house edge can vary in different variations of the same game.
However, keep in mind that the house edge is not the same as a fee since you have to pay a fee every single time while both the RTP and house edge are theoretical. With a house edge of 4%, a casino is expected to make $4 on every $100 you bet. However, this is calculated overall and becomes true after hundreds and thousands of played hands.
At the same time, it is also more than possible for you to beat the odds, play two hands and win both times, which is precisely what makes casino games exciting.