While youre enjoying your Independence Day celebrations, people from around the United Staes will be heading to Coney Island, New York for the 2020 Nathans Hot-Dog East Contest! If you cant make it to Coney Island and are wondering what time the hot dog eating contest starts, you can tune into ESPN from 17:20 ET and watch the action unfold!
The Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a regular feature in Brooklyn since around 1972 but recently its become a growing spectator sport. A crowd of approximately 40,000 gathered to watch the 2019 edition and an additional 1.3 million tuned in at home. There will be no live spectators this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Joey Chestnut won the 2019 Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest and locked up his 12th title and, therefore, Mustard Belt, of his eating career. Chestnut wolfed down an incredible 71 hot dogs and buns in the 10-minute timeframe.
Chestnut defeated Darron Breeden in the final with Breeden only managing 50 hot dogs, his own personal record.
Miki Sudo has made the competition her own after winning it for six consecutive years from 2014 to 2019. Sudos latest victory saw her devour 31 franks in 10-minutes. Michelle Lesco wasnt too far behind but her 26.5 hot dogs were only good enough for second place.
Watching these elite eaters is made all the more exciting by betting on who will win the contest. The TV show only last 20-minutes if youre wondering how long is the hot dog eating contest, so youll be able to claim your winnings quickly!
There is not much value in betting on Joey Chestnut to win the mens competition. Our friends at Bovada price Chestnut at -1600 with the rest of the field coming in at +700. Chestnut is an absolute machine when it comes to Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest and looks unbeatable. Last years runner-up only managed 50 hot dogs, some 21 behind Chestnut.
The market with the most value is how many hot dogs get eaten by the mens winner. You get -130 for over 73.5 and -110 on under 73.5. Take the under because this number has only been hit once in the contests history, even when eaters had longer to eat.
Miki Sudo is the clear favorite in the womens competition and rightly so after six consecutive titles. Shes -800 with the rest of the fieldset at +450 with Bovada, where you can collect a $250 welcome bonus.
Sudo will win the title again this year but by how much? She beat Michelle Lesco by 4.5 dogs last year but ate nowhere near as many dogs as she can, consuming only 31 on her way to victory when her average is 37.7. We like taking the -6.5 spread in a head-to-head to Lesco at -180. We also have a sneaky feeling Sudo will be pushed hard this year so also go for the Over 39.5 dogs eaten at -120.
Picks: Under 73.5 hot dogs eaten by the winning man at -110
Miki Sudo to beat Michelle Lesco with a -6.5 spread at -180
Winning woman to eat over 39.5 hot dogs at -120
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