🎰House Edge vs Return to Player

What is house edge?

The house edge is also known as the platform advantage. And it's something that exists on every gaming dapp.

House edge tells you:

  • Payouts - How much each game pays out on average over its lifespan

  • Best returns - Which games offer players the best returns on their bets

This platform advantage is the product of the games themselves and not set by individual casinos. So no matter where you choose to invest your dollar, if you're betting on casino games, the fact is you can't escape the house edge.

The great thing about the house edge (from a player's point of view) is that it can be used as a guide to tell you which games are the most profitable.

Games with a high house edge will obviously pay out less on average over time compared to those that have a house edge that's lower. So using this information - which is readily available - you can avoid getting stung by games that give the casino a massive advantage over the player.

What is RTP?

RTP stands for Return To Player. In slots it represents how much an individual machine has paid out over its lifespan, in relation to how much money players have paid in. If you're looking at RTP as a percentage, the amount needed to get up to 100% is the house edge. So, if a slot pays out an RTP of 90% then 10% is the machine's house edge.

There is a minor difference when it comes to RTP and house edge, though. It’s very easy to see how these two terms can confuse people due to their similarities. With RTP, that’s what is returned to the player but the remainder is the house edge. If a slot machine has a 95% RTP, that means the house edge on that game is 5%. Essentially, you can subtract the RTP from 100 and what’s left is the house edge.

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