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Joey Chestnut Favored to defend his Title


You know it’s the heart of Summer when we mention Joey Chestnut, Takeru Kobayashi and the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, and event we look forward to covering each year. As always, we will post the current odds to win the 2010 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at the end of this article. You can tune in at 12 noon est. on ESPN to watch this spectacular event. As a special footnote to this years contest, Nathan’s Famous intends to provide a hot dog lunch to 100,000 U.S. troops stationed overseas.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is the Super Bowl of all eating events. It is held annually on July 4, and will be contested for the 95th time in 2010. It began as a contest between immigrants to decide who was more patriotic. The event is sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). In 2006 over 1.5 million people watched the contest via ESPN, and 30,000 saw the hot dog eating contest live. I expect the viewership to top 2 million this year. People won’t just be watching the event, they’ll be betting on the event as sportsbooks have been posting odds on this event for some time now. One such sportsbook, is

I hate when people say certain things are not sports. Being a horse racing fan first and foremost, I hear this very often. The same is often said of poker, UFC, video Games, and hot dog eating contests. The latter is one of the most exciting events you may ever witness. There is nothing quite like watching a small man eat 50 hotdogs in about 10 minutes. Even more amazing is watching men of massive weight lose in the early stages of the competition.

The 2009 contest was won by Joey Chestnut as he defended his title chowing down 68 hot dogs, a new world record and a full 4 dogs ahead of his archrival, Takeru (Tsunami) Kobayashi. Chestnut took home 20k in prize money along with the “Mustard Belt”.

Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi is one of the greatest competitive eaters to have ever lived. He hails from Japan and stands 5’ 8” and weighs between 128 and 165 lbs. depending upon whether or not he is competing. He is currently ranked third in the world by the IFOCE and he held the record for most hot dogs eaten for nearly six years. He holds numerous records. He was able to eat 20 lbs. of rice balls in just thirty minutes. He devOured 58 bratwurst sausages in 15 minutes. Perhaps his oddest record came when he ate 17.7 lbs. of cow brains in 15 minutes. On May 31, 2009 he beat Joey Chestnut in a Pizza Hut P’Zone eating contest. He is truly a phenomenal eater.

Joey Chestnut is not an ordinary guy. His talent is quite amazing. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut has won the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest for two years in a row and is currently ranked 1st in the world by the IFOCE. The 26 year old stands 6’ 2” tall and weighs 210 pounds. He had his first hot dog at the age of five years old and truly loves eating. He is particularly good at eating wings. He proved this in 2007 when he ate 182 chicken wings in 30 minutes setting a new record in the process. February 21, 2009 he consumed over 10.5 lbs of MACaroni and cheese in just 7 minutes.

Last year the odds were much more even as Chestnut was -120 and Kobayashi was -110. Bettors and Oddsmakers apparently feel the gap between these two competitors has widened considerably with Chestnut a whopping 3/1 favorite.


Current  Odds to Win the 2010 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Odds Explanation – You would need to wager 3 dollars for every dollar you’d like to win on the favorite, Joey Chestnut at a price of -300. For Takeru Kobayashi, at +150, you would risk 1 dollar to win 1.50.

Joey Chestnut


Takeru Kobayashi


Patrick Bertoletti


Tim Eater X Janus


Bob Shoudt


Sonya Thomas


Hall Hunt


Erik Denmark


Juliet Lee


Gravy Brown


Badlands Booker


Jim Reeves


Rich LeFevre


Crazy Legs Conti


Pete Davekos


Sean Gordon


Marco Marquez


Micah Collins


Franco Camerini


Bob Coccodrili



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