Admit it, you love the 4th of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in all of its gluttonous glory. I know I do.
It’s the one day of the year where you don’t have to be self-conscious about the amount of food you eat. Want to put four patties on your fresh-off-the-grill burger? Go for it! Going to reluctantly ride your six-beer buzz to that sixth hot dog of the day? Who cares? Because Joey Chestnut is about to crush 65 of them.
Add a paid work holiday and accepted/encouraged day drinking to the mix and we have a textbook recipe for one thing: gambling.
Thankfully the fine oddsmakers at a handful of offshore sportsbooks are offering multiple betting options for those inclined to satiate their competitive eating hunger.
2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Men’s Winner
2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Women’s Winner
2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Men’s Over/Under
2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Women’s Over/Under
Life may be too short to bet unders for stick-and-ball sports, but not when we’re testing the limits of the human digestive system. After Matt Stonie snapped his eight-year winning streak in 2015, Chestnut rebounded in a big way last year by putting away a ridiculous 70 hot dogs. With the crown returned to its rightful owner, I’m expecting a lack of motivation to result in letdown from “Jaws” this year.
This doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll lose, but I’m taking under 70.5 dogs, especially at a price of +135.
Happy 4th of July to everyone and best of luck betting on the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, because most of us won’t even remember it.