Its Gut-Check Time! Nathans Hot Dog Championship Is Coming

Gentlemen and gentlewomen, prepare your stomachs, the annual ode to gluttony – Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest – is just around the corner.

On July Fourth, about 20 contestants each in the men’s and women’s contest will compete at Coney Island, N.Y., to see who can eat the most Nathan’s Famous hot dogs in 10 minutes. We don’t know how you would stack up, but we’d surely be in the running with, uh, 1.5, right?

Yeah, we’d fail miserably because we like our hot dogs with a little mustard and we’re not into consuming the dog and then dunking the bun in water and drinking it down – ugh.

But apparently that is the winning move to take the Mustard Belt in this more than 100-year-old contest.

At 5Dimes and Pinnacle, 11-time winner Joey Chestnut is the overwhelming favorite in the men’s competition, just as Miki Sudo, a 5-time winner, is favored.

Last year Chestnut who has the nickname “Jaws,’ chomped down a world record 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes with watery buns. His closest competitor was Carmen Cincotti who ate only 45. Forty-five?? Rookie.

Sudo chowed on 37 and second place winner, Michelle Lesco, at 28.

If you’re interested in nutritional facts, and why wouldn’t you be, there are 280 calories in a hot dog and bun. That mean Chestnut will likely consume nearly 21,000 calories in hot dogs in 10 minutes. Hmmm, wonder if hot dog calories are similar to “dog years?’

Seventy dogs have 1,2225 grams of fat, 61,250 grams of sodium, 1,470 grams of carbs and 630 grams of protein. We hope they have a coroner, er, medic standing by.

Competitive eating is a blossoming “sports’ category with more than 80 “sanctioned’ events recognized by Major League Eating, the world body that oversees all professional eating contests. And no, we aren’t making that up. The group which has the sister organization, the International Federation of Competitive Eating, helps develop, publicize and execute “world-class eating events in all varieties of food disciplines.’

If you’re hungry for money, this is a growing industry with varying prize money.

  • World Hostess Donettes Eating Contest: $4,000 first place, 257 in 6 mins; winner Joey Chestnut

  • Armour Vienna Sausage Eating World Championship: $3,500 first place; 8.31 pounds in 10 mins; winner Sonya Thomas

  • Acme Oyster Eating World Championship: $1,000 first place; 40 dozen in 8 mins; winner Darron Breeden

  • West Virginia Three Rivers Festival Pepperoni Role Eating World Championship: $5,000 total purse; 43 in 10 mins; winner Joey Chestnut

  • Hooters World Wing Eating Championship: $5,000 first place; 250 wings in 10 mins; winner Geoffrey Esper (2017)

  • Owensboro International Bar-B-Q Festival World Mutton Sandwich-Eating Championship: $4,000 total purse; 52 4 oz sandwichs in 10 mins; winner Joey Chestnut

Chestnut eats a lot in a year. Beyond the ones above that he’s finished first, he also won contests eating ice cream sandwiches, Kolache Factory Kolaches, meat pies, pastrami sandwiches, Philly cheesesteaks, pierogi, pork ribs, shrimp wontons, tacos and a whole turkey.

Place your bet and tune into ESPN at 11 a.m. July 4th to see if he will hang on to the title.

At 5Dimes:

Men’s 2019 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Men’s winner hot dogs eaten over 73½ +130

  • Men’s winner hot dogs eaten under 73½ -170

Women’s 2019 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Miki Sudo wins Nathan’s Contest -1200

  • Field wins Nathan’s Contest +600

Women’s 2019 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Women’s winner hot dogs eaten over 38½ -120

  • Women’s winner hot dogs eaten under 38½ -120

Men’s 2019 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

  • Joey Chestnut wins Nathan’s Contest -960

  • Field wins Nathan’s Contest +520

At Pinnacle:

Joey Chestnut to win? (must eat)

  • Yes -888

  • No +616

Hotdogs eaten by Men’s Winner?

  • Over 73.5 HotDogs +120

  • Under 73.5 HotDogs -140

Miki Sudo to win Women’s Contest? (must eat)

  • Yes -1000

  • No +673

Hotdogs eaten by Women’s Winner?

  • Over38.5 HotDogs -115

  • Under38.5 HotDogs -115