Posted on: February 11, 2024, 04:49h.
Last updated on: February 11, 2024, 04:49h.
A $1.15M bet on the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII has worried Chiefs fans heading into Sunday’s big game.
It’s not that the bet is astronomically large, but that it was placed by someone plagued with notoriously bad luck as a sports prognosticator: Drake.
Beneath the betting slip Drake posted on Instagram on Feb. 9, the Canadian rapper wrote: “I can’t bet against the swifties.”
“Drake Curse” has become a popular belief that any athlete or team receiving his support will lose the sporting event in which they’re participating. This curse is even believed to afflict athletes if Drake is only seen in a photo wearing their jersey.
On Jan. 20, believers will point out, Drake placed $700K on middleweight UFC champ Sean Strickland, who then proceeded to lose his middleweight title on Jan. 20 to Dricus du Plessis. Drake also lost betting against Strickland. On Sept. 9, he lost $500K wagering that Israel Adesanya would beat Strickland in UFC 293.
Among other multiple losses last year, the Canadian rapper lost a $1.3M payout by betting on boxer Logan Paul to beat Dillon Danis with a knockout. (Danis was disqualified.)
In 2022, Drake’s losses on sports bet amounted to a reported $4M. This includes losing $1M on Argentina’s victory over France in the 2022 World Cup final. Some reports claim he wagered more than $2B in two months the same year.
While it’s clear that Drake is much better at making music than he is at knowing who to place sports wagers on, there is, of course, no such thing as a curse. And, as with all baseless superstitions, the dark cloud around Drake ignores all facts that fly in its face. Last year, for instance, Drake correctly picked the Denver Nuggets to win the 2023 NBA title, earning $830K.
But have you ever tried talking someone out of a baseless superstition? Some people, for instance, are thoroughly convinced that Super Bowl LVIII is rigged in favor of the Kansas City Chiefs as part of a covert operation to sway the 2024 presidential election.
If the 49ers get their revenge and win this Super Bowl, Chiefs fans will have someone they can blame — even though it won’t be Drake’s fault.