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In terms of betting, how would you say "You will get 5× in return if you win"?

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You would likely "place the odds at 5 to one."

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    I'm not really a betting man, but actually I think if you bet £1 on a horse that wins, and the bookie returns you £5, that would mean the odds were 4 to 1 (your winnings are 4 x £1 plus your £1 stake which you also get back). Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 17:52
  • @FumbleFingers: A bookie who took your £1 bet at five to one but tried to fob you off with £5 total would find himself in trouble (though automated bookmakers like fruit machines or the National Lottery seem to get away with it). I believe OP is asking about a five-to-one bet. Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 18:02
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    @TimLymington: Like I said, I'm not really a betting man (I've only been in a betting shop a couple of times in my life, and that was only to look for someone). The thing is in most informal contexts (betting between friends) the stake never actually changes hands. So if you bet someone £1 at 5:1 that you can drink him under the table, say, you should only expect to receive £5 when you win. Of course, in those circumstances your opponent would be really woozy, so you might persuade him to give you £6 anyway! (or maybe you get £0.20 - I'm really not too clued up on betting odds! :) Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 18:26
  • I think that should be 4 to 1, not 5. I.e. you will put 4 pounds into the pot for every 1 that the other person puts in, and the winner gets the pot.
    – Pitarou
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 4:08
  • The phrasing "five to one" implies that for every one you put in, you will get five back if you win (including your stake). This means that a bet of £1 at 5:1 returns £5. It doesn't matter if you exchanged money beforehand or not. If you put your 1 in before, you get 5 back including the 1. If you didn't put your 1 in before, you get 4 or pay 1 depending on victory. In a situation where one winner gets the pot, the odds are N:1 where N is the number of players (assuming all players ante the same amount).
    – asfallows
    Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 16:48
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To say it in betting terms, you'd say that the odds are five to one, probably. In literal terms, you would read your sentence aloud as "You will get five times in return if you win".

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You will get your money back fivefold

The suffix -fold means

used with numbers to make adjectives and adverbs describing how much something increases a fourfold increase (an increase in an amount that makes it four times larger than before)

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A four hundred percent return might work as well.

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If you were looking for a slightly more rustic solution than those already presented, you could say "five will get you twenty-five," substituting any two sets of numbers that represent x and 5x.

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