Chiefs fans, look away.
Rapper Drake is all in on Kansas City ahead of Super Bowl 57, placing nearly a million dollars worth of bets on the Chiefs to prevail over the Eagles and win their second championship in four years.
Drake bet $700,000 on the Chiefs to win outright, which would pay out nearly $1.5 million and net him $777,000. He also placed two Chiefs first touchdown bets for $50,000 — one on Patrick Mahomes and another on JuJu Smith-Schuster.
On top of that, Drake placed a $50,000 bet on the Chiefs winning both halves and a $30,000 bet on Kansas City winning each quarter. Why stop there? He bet $60,000 on a tight end to win Super Bowl MVP and another $25,000 on Travis Kelce to earn MVP honors.
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The most Drake can win would be $4.5 million. However, a simple Chiefs victory would mean he comes away a winner since he would win $777,000 and also receive the $700,000 he bet.
Drake’s #SuperBowlLVII bets:
$700,000 on Chiefs ML +110
$50K on Mahomes 1st TD (14-1)
$25K on Kelce MVP (9-1)
$50K on JuJu 1st TD
$60 on TE as MVP position (9-1)
$50K on KC to win both halves (+400)
$30K on KC wins every quarter (20-1)
— Ben Fawkes (@BFawkes22) February 9, 2023
Why roll with the Chiefs? Drake doesn’t sound completely sure.
“Do not analyze the logic behind these bets there is none,” he said on Instagram.
In Drake’s defense, he bet $1 million on the Chiefs to win the AFC championship game over the Bengals and came away with a huge payout. His picks haven’t always been successful in the past, but Drake is banking on the Chiefs bringing him some newfound luck.
What is Drake’s sports “curse?”
Drake’s history of betting has produced mixed results.
He did win big when the Chiefs advanced to the Super Bowl, though his 2022 World Cup betting wasn’t as successful. Drake placed a $1 million bet on Argentina to defeat France in the World Cup Final, but because the game went to penalty kicks, he didn’t come away with anything.
From what he’s posted publicly, Drake has at least had some success in the betting market. He bet on the Rams to beat the Bengals in Super Bowl 56 and also won big after betting on the Warriors to win the NBA’s Western Conference last year.
Around the same time, Drake lost $250,000 betting on Formula 1’s Charles Leclerc to win the Spanish Grand Prix and missed a $314,000 parlay on the Nets, Mavericks, and his hometown Blue Jays.
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Beyond betting, Drake has been blamed for teams and players falling short after associating with him.
Several soccer players have seen their team lose after taking a picture with the rapper, while Kentucky basketball hasn’t won a national title since Drake received a championship ring from the program in 2012. After Alabama football posted a supportive video from Drake ahead of the College Football Playoff championship in 2019, the Tide were upset by Clemson.
Drake might have found a way around his own curse in 2019. He wore 76ers shorts to Game 7 of the playoff series between Philadelphia and the Raptors despite being a lifelong Toronto fan. The Raptors not only won the series on an iconic shot by Kawhi Leonard but won the NBA Finals a month later.
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Drake was courtside for much of Toronto’s title run that spring, potentially proving once and for all that the curse isn’t set in stone.
If the Chiefs come up short on Sunday, though, all eyes will be back on Drake and his bank account.