By David Purdum / @DavidPurdum
Five-time defending champion Joey Chestnut is an overwhelming favorite to win the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4 on Coney Island.
Chestnut is a 1/10 (-1,000) favorite to win his sixth straight title at Sportsbook.com, meaning you’ll have to put up $1,000 to win $100 on the defending champ.
The over/under on No. of dogs Chestnut downs is 63.5, and he’s favored to eat 10.5 more dogs than any other competitor during the 10-minute event to be televised by ESPN.
Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs en route last year’s championship, besting second-place finisher Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti by nine hot dogs. He has averaged 61.8 dogs during his five-year reign.
Takeru Kobayashi won six straight hot dog contests before Chestnut unseated him in 2007. Kobayashi, who is in a contract dispute, will not be competing in the Nathan’s contest and instead will take part in the first Crif Dog Classic, which will also take place on July 4.
The official field for the Nathan’s contest will not be set until the final qualifying event takes place June 23 in Boston.