When you’re living it large, you want to make it count. That’s why, along with the fast cars, the chunky jewelry and the cribs that defy belief, plenty of rappers love the thrill of the casino and gambling in general, and none more so than 50 cent and Birdman. When they win, they’re certainly not shy about telling everyone about it. But, if it did ever come to a gambling battle rap, who would the eventual winner be?
Birdman, or Bryan Christopher Williams to give him the name he was christened with, is famous for his love of gambling. His main passion is betting on sports but he has also been known to visit casinos as well as to gamble online.
Online casino games can be favored by a wide range of players, high-stakes ones like Birdman included. One feature that seals that deal lies in games like Jackpot King, which offer players the chance to win a large sum of money from slots. By creating a community prize pool, the potential jackpots often reach seven figures and constantly rise, until the moment they are won.
It seems Birdman hasn’t always enjoyed the greatest success in sports betting, though. In 2011 he lost more than $2 million when he bet on the NBA team Miami Heat to beat Dallas Mavericks. He had better luck that year when the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV netting him more than $1 million that he then spent on a Landaulet Maybach.
Curtis Jackson might have a modest name in 50 cent, but he’s not shy when it comes to placing bets. As long ago as 2007, around the time when he released Curtis, he bet a cool $1 million on his friend Floyd Mayweather Jr. to beat the challenger Oscar De La Hoya in a fight to claim the WBC light-middleweight title. After defying the odds and winning, Mayweather told the world that there was nothing left to prove and he might as well retire.
But he didn’t, and a few years later in 2015 50 cent laid an even larger bet of $1.6 million on Mayweather being able to beat Manny Pacquaio in the bout that had been dubbed “The Fight of the Century”. This was despite the fact that there had been a very public spat between the two with Mayweather claiming that a number of rappers, 50 Cent included, were jealous of his wealth and lifestyle. 50 cent responded by betting the boxer $750,000 that he couldn’t avoid errors while reading a single page out of a Harry Potter book.
Mayweather didn’t take him up on the bet, and 50 cent went on to win his second boxing wager when the Mexican was narrowly beaten on points.
So both rappers have had some big wins in their gambling careers. But when it comes to always picking the right ones to back, it has to be 50 cent without question. So as in rap, as in gambling: the superstars really do leave the rest behind.