If you had hot dog eating contest on your Colorado sports betting bingo card, step up and claim your prize.
Fittingly, that prize is, of course, a hot dog. Though there is no rush for you to eat it. You can also put condiments on, if you choose.
DraftKings announced on Wednesday that it is an official partner of the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Along with that agreement, as noted in the press release, DraftKings will provide sports fans with numerous ways to interact with the annual tradition, including a free-to-play pool with $25,000 in prizes.
Hot dog eating contest open for Colorado sports bettors
DraftKings users in Colorado can place a variety of bets on Saturday’s contest. This is the first year people can wager on the event. Wagering is only allowed in Colorado, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.
Those who are interested are able to place wagers on the men and women.
ESPN will air the hot dog eating contest at 10 a.m. MST on Saturday.
As Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer of DraftKings, said in the release:
“The Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest is an iconic US tradition that personifies American competition. We are proud to have partnered with Major League Eating to offer people everywhere the opportunity to engage with such a classic event.”
Colorado Division of Gaming has approved betting on the Nathan's Hot-Dog Eating Contest of July 4.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) July 1, 2020
Hot dog eating contest odds
Betting on a hot dog eating contest is, no doubt, bizarre. Especially when that hot dog eating contest has legend Joey Chestnut.
Chestnut is looking to defend his title and match or top his 71 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes from a year ago.
On the women’s side, Miki Sudo is looking for her seventh-straight title. Last year she did so by eating 31 hot dogs and buns.
The press release notes that Sudo’s all-time best is 41 hot dogs and buns, set in 2018.
Here are the current odds for the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Men’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2020 winner:
- Joey Chestnut (-1000) vs. the field (+550)
Women’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2020 winner:
- Miki Sudo (-835) vs. the field (+500)
Hot dogs eaten by Joey Chestnut:
- Over 72.5 (-137), Under 72.5 (+105)
Hot dogs eaten by Miki Sudo:
- Over 40.5 (-143), Under 40.5 (+110)
Richard Shea, president of Major League Eating, said in the release:
“We are excited to have DraftKings on board this year and we’re thrilled that they’ll help bring the fun and excitement of this venerable contest to thousands of additional sports fans. We are fortunate to be able to conduct this event in these extraordinary and trying times. While we’ll miss the Coney Island crowd, we hope to provide a bit of levity by celebrating the Fourth with our reigning champions and the live ESPN broadcast.”
The contest’s storied history
What’s remarkable is how long the hot dog eating contest has been held.
According to the Major League Eating archives, the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has occurred each July 4 in Coney Island, NY, since 1916, as stated in the release.
That was the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant.
No Coney Island this year
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Saturday’s event will not take place at the flagship restaurant in Coney Island before thousands in attendance.
The press release adds that this year’s contest is planned for a private location with proper health and safety guidelines in place.
Colorado was in for quite the experience when sports betting launched on May 1. Without major US sports that just made it all the wilder.
The chance for prospective bettors to wager on a hot dog eating contest takes this to a whole new level.