Global music star Drake has been extremely active in sports betting since signing a multi-year deal with Stake.com earlier this year.
The rapper has been using the offshore sportsbook platform exclusively to place his wagers, then posting them on his social media platforms such as Instagram. He first caught the headlines with a Super Bowl bet that he placed using Stake, with his three separate wagers totaling $1.26 million and resulting in a mighty payout of $2.27 million.
He is now back with his latest big money wager, this time turning his attention to NBA betting after the Playoffs began earlier this month. The 35-year-old has wagered $200,000 on the Golden State Warriors to win the Western Conference at +500 odds, giving him a potential payout of $1 million.
The Warriors have made an excellent start to the postseason too, taking a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets in their First Round series ahead of Game 5 at home on Wednesday night. Steve Kerr’s team would’ve completed a sweep in Game 4 had it not been for a 37-point performance from MVP Nikola Jokic.
Should they get the job done, they would then face the winners of the Memphis Grizzlies-Minnesota Timberwolves series which is intriguingly poised at 2-2.
The performances of Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and Draymond Green aren’t the only reasons for encouragement, either. Golden State’s biggest foe in the west, the Phoenix Suns, are currently tied 2-2 with the New Orleans Pelicans and are currently without All-Star guard Devin Booker, who is struggling with a hamstring injury.
They would certainly be the biggest threat to Drake’s $1 million prize given their dominant performances throughout the regular season, finishing with an impressive 64-18 record. The two teams split the regular season series 2-2, indicating that this could be a series that goes all the way to a Game 7.
The health of Booker for the remainder of the Playoffs could be a critical factor in the Western Conference landscape and Suns coach Monty Williams will be hesitant to rush him back too soon and inflict further damage. However, a defeat in Game 5 could leave them with no choice but to bring him back into the fold sooner than expected.
Drake, like all other Stake users, has placed his wagers using cryptocurrencies. Stake is one of the biggest Bitcoin betting sites available and new users can have the chance to win a $50,000 giveaway every week on the site.