Drake was recently in Vancouver to perform at the Rogers Arena as part of the Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour. The chart-topping rapper who seemingly had time to spare, stopped by the Parq Vancouver Casino where he was then allegedly refused service. Drake took to Instagram Stories on Saturday, November 3, to rant about his experience. He wrote, “Parq Casino @parqvancouverbc is the worst run business I have ever witnessed…profiling me and not allowing me to gamble when I had everything they originally asked me for.”
The post caused a social media storm as fans of the rapper bombarded the casino’s Instagram account and Yelp with negative comments. Parq Vancouver released two statements following the incident, with the first mentioning the “strict regulations with respect to gaming in British Columbia”, and the second containing apologies from the establishment’s president. He said, “We categorically stand against racism of any kind. We are committed to providing a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all.”
The strict regulations most likely refer to the province’s new gambling policies where players who make cash transactions of $10,000 or more within a 24-hour period must provide a source-of-funds receipt. However, Parq Vancouver has not confirmed the involvement of those policies in the incident.
Drake is no stranger to gambling. In fact, the recording artist is known to put down large sums of money. Last September, Page Six reported that Drake gambled away $200,000 at a high-rollers area after a gig in Atlantic City. Insider sources said the loss wasn’t too big on Drake’s part.
Earlier this year, Drake wagered $10,000 to rapper Quavo over a single half-court shot. And on another occasion, the two placed big bets in the national title game for college football. Drake won this bet, as Alabama beat Georgia in overtime.
Gambling in the US is legal under federal law, and there are currently no regulations regarding customers needing to show proof of source of funds. Meanwhile, sports betting is set to become legal across states after New Jersey lifted the ban. The Gambling website explained that New Jersey has become a huge sports betting hub after the ruling, since back then, only Nevada legalized the activity. Currently, the state employs impressive selection of in-person sportsbooks at brick-and-mortar establishments while also offering a wide list of options online. Other states, like New York, Connecticut, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and many others began drafting bills for legal sports betting as well.
It may seem like Drake frequently loses big sums, but knowing the rapper’s net worth of $120 million as of 2018, they probably don’t even make a dent in his wallet. However, it’s not surprising how he keeps a tough detail of security guards around him. The Hot Zone previously covered news on how the rapper’s entourage has made it difficult for even other celebrities to talk to him. Pop singer Shawn Mendes shared how he was once roughed up by them after he attempted to approach Drake during The Weeknd’s show in Toronto.
If there’s one thing to take away from here, it’s that one cannot freely visit casinos or go on sports bets as frequently as Drake has if they don’t have the funds to spare.