Covid-19 won’t stop this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest from running in its usual July 4th date. This year’s edition will look a little different from years past, however. For one, the event will take place indoors at a private venue, with no fans in attendance. Secondly, the number of competitors will be cut down to 10 (five men, five women) from the usual 30. Betting odds for this year’s contest can be found at Bovada. They will also give you a free deposit bonus just for signing up.
An indoor event means access to air conditioning, which could have a significant impact on the number of hot dogs consumed. Last summer, Miki Sudo blamed the heat for her underwhelming performance (31 hot dogs and buns); although she still managed to chow down 4.5 more hot dogs and buns than second-place finisher Michelle Lesco. Sudo is a big -750 favorite over the field this year. Head-to-head spread betting is available for Sudo and Lesco as well. Joey Chestnut, meanwhile, is almost untouchable on the men’s side. He’s lost just once since beating Takeru Kobayashi in 2007 and is a heavy -1100 favorite over the field to hold on to the Mustard Belt for another year. Chestnut holds the current world record for consuming the most hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes (74). ESPN has the coverage for the event, beginning at noon.
The OVER/UNDER for Total Hot Dogs eaten by winner (Men’s) is 73.5. Joey Chestnut must compete for this wager to have action.
*Odds as of June 27, 2020*