Sports Bet Earns Drake $1 Million as Dubs Clinch Western Conference Title

Golden State Warriors Western Conference Winners With Drake

  • Canadian Rap superstar Drake won 1 million Canadian Dollars on a 200,000 Canadian Dollars bet on the Golden State Warriors to win the 2022 Western Conference title.
  • The Dubs beat the Mavs 120-110 on Thursday in Game 5 of the 2022 WCF.
  • Just last weekend, Drake lost on a $230,000 Canadian Dollars bet on Charles Leclerc to win the Spanish Grand Prix.

Rap superstar Drake is forever linked to the Drake Curse in sports betting. But on Thursday, Drake cashed $1 million after the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Dallas Mavericks in the 2022 Western Conference Finals.

The Canadian music icon placed a $200,000 bet on the Warriors to win the Western Conference at +500 odds. The bet was made in April, before the start of the playoffs, so he had the Dubs at a fancy price.

Drake Drops a Massive $200K Bet

Drake made the bet on April 14th or two days before the start of the 2022 NBA Playoffs. At that time, it was the Phoenix Suns who were the odds on favorite to win the West at +130 odds. Golden State was a far second at +500 while the Memphis Grizzlies were third at +650.

The bet was made in Canadian dollars, so the $200,000 was approximately $158,0000 in United States Dollars, and the win of $1 million would translate to around $790,000 in USD. Regardless, it’s still a huge amount, and considering Drake’s infamous betting links, this was a massive win for the Canadian.

This isn’t the biggest win for Drake, however. Last February, he placed a total of 1.6 million Canadian dollars on the Los Angeles Rams and Odell Beckham, Jr. He cashed on a CAD 600,000 Moneyline bet on the Rams to win Super Bowl LVI at 1.51 odds and a CAD 5000,000 prop bet on Odell Beckham Jr. to score a touchdown at 2.15 odds. He however lost on his third bet, a CAD bet on OBJ to go over 62.5 receiving yards because Beckham tore his ACL in the first half of Super Bowl LVI. Still, it was a major betting victory for Drake.

Drake Curse Continues

Just last weekend, sports betting aficionados had just declared that the Drake Curse lives on after he made a $230K bet on Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to win the Spanish Grand Prix. Leclerc ended up retiring from the race, which was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. With the win, Verstappen also took the lead in the Drivers Championship from Leclerc, giving the Monegasque driver a double-blackeye.

Last March, Drake also wagered $275,000 on UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal in his grudge match against former teammate Colby Covington. Covington beat Masvidal in a wide and decisive unanimous decision. The “In My Feelings” singer next wagered $100,000 on the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA Final Four. They were beaten by the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Drake Curse began in 2012 when he gave the NCAA men’s basketball champions Kentucky Wildcats engraved rings. The Wildcats have not won March Madness ever since. The following year, he was seen celebrating with the Miami Heat when the latter won the 2013 NBA title. The following season, the Heat were dethroned by the Spurs. Drake was also in Conor McGregor’s entourage when the Irishman was beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov. Even British boxer Anthony Joshua, who boasted that he would break the Drake Curse, lost to Andy Ruiz in his next immediate fight after making that comment.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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