Rapper Drake’s Lost Bet on Madrid-Barcelona Showdown Brings Back the Curse
This weekend saw Barcelona and Real Madrid face off in the annual El Clásico soccer championship. It was one of two games that the rapper Drake hoped to make money on. But it appears the Drake Curse has returned once again.
Real Madrid’s victory against Barcelona in El Clásico is giving the sports world a lot to talk about. Among those who kicked up the chatter was Rodrygo Silva de Goes, one of the protagonists of the match. He scored the third and last goal in Madrid’s 3-1 victory, happy to prove Drake wrong.
Once the victory sunk in, the Brazilian soccer star threw a dart at Barcelona and Drake. The striker wrote a message on his social networks that was undeniably a stab at Drake. He simply wrote, “God’s Plan,” which happens to be the title of a song by the Canadian rapper, who was pulling for Barcelona.
Drake’s Latest Sports Bets Fall Flat
Drake reportedly put up $600,000 for Barcelona to beat Real Madrid in their LaLiga match. He also included Arsenal beating Leeds United in the Premier League. As is his custom, he turned to Stake.com to place his bets using cryptocurrency.
If he had won both wagers, it would have meant a huge payout. Reportedly, he could have taken home around $2.84 million. However, luck wasn’t with him this weekend.
GOD’S PLAN pic.twitter.com/mYGTPWBN49
— Rodrygo Goes (@RodrygoGoes) October 16, 2022
Arsenal was able to out-gun Leeds United to take the match, 1-0. However, the outcome of the Barcelona-Madrid game threw the bet upside down. Instead of pocketing a few more million, he had to turn the bet money back over to Stake.com to use in future wagers.
Drake, a Stake.com ambassador, isn’t the only person who’s unhappy with the results. Social media erupted with claims that Barcelona was cheated out of the win.
The stats show that they took 18 shots to Real Madrid’s eight, with 546 passes against 411. Barcelona fans felt that this should have been enough to declare victory to their team. But shots don’t count if they don’t land in the target.
Real Madrid is the new sole leader of LaLiga after having beaten Barcelona. The team took control from the start and moved to 2-0 in the first half before Barcelona could find the net. Ferran Torres pulled one back for Barcelona down the stretch. But Rodrygo sealed the match with a self-inflicted penalty at the end of regulation time.
Stake.com Facing Greater Scrutiny
Stake.com continues to make headlines for different reasons. More often than not, it’s because of Drake’s bets. He has reportedly wagered over $1 billion in cryptocurrency on the platform, although skeptics question how much of that Stake.com provided for promotional purposes.
Twitch recently announced that it was going to ban certain gambling-related streams, which included Stake.com content. That could put a dent in its marketing plan. But, as long as it keeps Drake happy and in the limelight, it won’t suffer.
Where the platform might really have a problem down the road is in Curacao. It holds a gaming license from the Caribbean nation’s gaming regulator, although changes are coming. Curacao is updating its gambling laws, which could ultimately hurt a number of licensed operators.
Until then, and maybe even after, Stake.com will continue to support Drake whether he wins or loses. Either way, it always comes out ahead.
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