It's that time of year again. While hot dogs on the grill are always a big part of the 4th of July holiday weekend, the professional eaters won't exactly be enjoying their grilled goodies Tuesday on Coney Island at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
In 2016, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut redeemed himself after a disappointing loss the previous year at the hands (or stomach) of Matt "Megatoad" Stonie - winning his ninth mustard-colored belt in the last 10 years with a Nathan's contest record of 70 hot dogs and buns.
The betting odds for this event are all over the place so shop around if you have multiple accounts or locations to place your wagers.
Chestnut was available over the weekend at most online books anywhere between -400 and -430 versus the "Field" to gobble his way to his tenth career win in the ten minute Coney Island gorge-fest. Less than 24 hours before the event, money came rushing in on the favorite and the books adjusted the defending champion to a very chalky -500 to -600 depending on the book.
The only opponent with a legitimate chance of dethroning "Jaws" is Stonie who was listed at +335 but is now up to +450 to take home his second championship.
Books are expecting big results in 2017 when it comes to the number of hot dogs and buns consumed by the winner. Chestnut holds the World Record with 73.5, but that number was not achieved in front of the thousands of screaming fans and the bright television lights. He set the Nathan's contest record last year when he jammed 70 hot dogs and buns down his gullet.
The Over/Under figure currently being floated by several different books is all over the place. We're seeing 69.5 (-160 for the Over), 70.5 (-165 for the Over), and 71.5 (-140 for the Over). Once again, shop around.
Bettors can also wager on the women's winner with three-time defending champion Miki Sudo currently listed at -400 and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas available at +315. The total number of hot dogs and buns for the women's winner is set at 38.5.
So while you enjoy your 4th of July festivities this weekend with a wide variety of BBQ fare, maybe leave the competitive eating to the professionals. But that doesn't mean you can't place a bet and pick a wiener.