Drake’s $500,000 Bitcoin Bet on NBA Finals Backfires—NHL Stanley Cup Next?

By Ben Knight June 19, 2024 In Betting, Bitcoin, Gambling
  • Drake has flaunted his near-incomprehensible wealth on Instagram, showing off his US $500k stakes on the outcome of two major US finals.
  • The Canadian rapper dropped US $1m betting on the Dallas Mavericks and the Edmonton Oilers to win their respective sports leagues.
  • His rationale for picking each was basically non-existent, deep-rooted in bias.
  • Naturally, Drake has been punished for these selections, with the Mavericks easily beaten by the Boston Celtics and the Oilers facing the same fate.

It’s finals time in the United States, with several prominent leagues nearing the pointy end of their season. For many, this can be the most exciting time of the year – especially if your team is represented in the league’s pinnacle contest. For the fiscally irresponsible (or those with the means to be) however, it can be quite a challenging period thanks to some self-inflicted betting wounds.

And that’s exactly what superstar musician Aubrey Graham…sorry, Drake… found out yesterday.

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Drake on the Verge of Losing US$1M

Last week, before the kick-off of the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals (NHL), Drake took to Instagram to boast about a US $500k (AU $750k) bet placed entirely with Bitcoin.


Let’s be real here. Drake is partnered with the betting company Stake and likely makes more than that amount per year due to being their figurehead. Nevertheless, the rapper stood to win $1.37m (AU $2.06m) if his picks of the Dallas Mavericks and Edmonton Oilers got up.

His rationale? 

“Dallas cause I’m a Texan.”

Are Celebrities Returning to Crypto?

As it turns out, rationalising bets worth hundreds of thousands based on where you live (isn’t Drake Canadian?) doesn’t end well.

The Dallas Mavericks were comprehensively beaten by the Boston Celtics yesterday, losing the best-of-seven series one to four. This result came of little surprise to most pundits – except apparently, for Drake.

Naturally, the NHL Finals result appears to be going the same way, with Drake’s selection of the Edmonton Oilers down 1-3 at the time of writing. 

However, it’s worth noting the rapper’s use of crypto for this purpose (while not exactly noble), does suggest that celebrities are re-entering the digital currency world. This tends to coincide with renewed retail involvement, which may be something to look out for in the second half of 2024. 

Ben Knight

Ben Knight

Ben Knight is a writer and editor from Melbourne with a passion for all things music and finance. He enjoys turning complex topics – especially the technical details of cryptocurrency – into digestible bites that anybody can understand. He acquired his Master’s in Writing, Editing and Publishing from RMIT in 2019 and has run his own creative writing business ever since.

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