Fireworks are the staple of Independence Day that light up the skies once nightfall comes and bring an end to a full day of celebrating with cookouts being another staple that accompany many American’s celebration routines.
But on ESPN at 3:00 pm ET on July 4th, another big event occurs and that is Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. This is just one strange event that pits individuals in a contest to see who can eat the most hot dogs in just 10 minutes.
Joey Chestnut won it last year and took home his fifth Mustard Yellow Belt after downing 62 dogs. He has been the man in this contest as of late and will be challenged by Takeru Kobayashi who is another multiple winner in the contest but has been absent from the past two contests due to contract issues. It was even rumored that he ate 69 hot dogs on the roof of a bar during last year’s event which should set up a huge battle this year.
Boavada Sportsbook has fielded their 2012 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Betting Odds to add some extra excitement for the holiday. Chestnut has been tagged the betting favorite with a moneyline set at -800. This means for every $1.00 wagered on him to win, the payout is just .13 cents.
His moneyline has been set against the Field which means that it is him against everyone else. The moneyline set for the Field is at +500 which has a payout of $5.00 for every $1.00 wagered.
There is also a women’s field in the contest and a wager is set for last year’s winner Sonya Thomas who downed 40 hot dogs as the inaugural women’s champ. She has and OVER/UNDER bet on the number of hot dogs eaten which is set at 40 1/2. The moneyline for the OVER is set at -130 while the UNDER is at -110.
Some other wagers now available are to follow….
Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Joey Chestnut
OVER 62 1/2 (-120)
UNDER 62 1/2 (-120)
Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti (Bertoletti finished second last year with 53 hot dogs eaten)
OVER 53 1/2 (-120)
UNDER 53 1/2 (-120)
Margin Of Victory
OVER 10 1/2 (-120)
UNDER 10 1/2 (-120)
This year’s contest has been pushed back to 3:00 pm ET in order to allow coverage for Wimbledon and can be seen live on ESPN.