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Chestnut Atop 102nd Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Odds

102nd Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Odds

Joey Chestnut will be looking to rewrite the competitive eating record book once again as he vies for an unprecedented 11th championship next week as a strong -550 favorite on the 102nd Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest odds.

Affectionately known as “Jaws” to his legion of fans, Chestnut smashed his own record while munching his way to victory a year ago, chowing down a stomach-turning 72 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes to claim Mustard Belt honors for a 10th time in his career. However, he will face no shortage of competition when he sits down for this year’s competition in Coney Island on the Fourth of July.

Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, the man who knocked off Chestnut at this event in 2015, will be looking to reclaim the title after finishing a distant third in 2017. The San Francisco native managed to consume just 48 hot dogs and buns in last year’s contest, well back of the 60 dogs he munched on his way to victory three years ago, and is pegged as a +300 underdog to finish ahead of Chestnut on the 2018 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest prop bets.

Stonie is expected to get this year’s competition off to a fast start, and is expected to set the pace for a personal best with strong -180 odds favoring him to eat OVER 36.5 hot dogs and buns in the first five minutes of action. However, those numbers significantly trail Chestnut, with the reigning champion pegged as a tempting +140 wager to consume OVER 46 hot dogs and buns by the halfway mark of the competition, and a heavy -180 favorite to force down OVER 12.5 in the first minute alone.

 

Cincotti, Esper Join Favorites on Hot Dog Props

Last year’s runner up Carmen Cincotti is expected to arrive at this year’s competition in fine force-feeding form. The New Jersey native, who will celebrate his 26th birthday at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest table on July 4, finished second to Chestnut by eating 60 hot dogs and buns in 2017, and is a solid -230 bet to consume OVER 53.5 at this year’s contest.

Cincotti is also tagged as a -600 favorite in head-to-head wagering with Geoffrey Esper, who finished fourth in 2017 with 44.5 hot dogs and buns eaten. But the Oxford, Massachusetts native looked in championship form while gorging on a record 83 pizza slices at the 2018 John’s Incredible Pizza – World Pizza Eating Championship, and sports intriguing +350 odds to finish ahead of the youthful Cincotti.

While Chestnut has set new records at each of the past two competitions, the odds favor his existing record surviving this year’s competitive chowdown, with the total number of hot dogs eaten by the winner pegged as a short -250 wager to go UNDER 72.5.

Over in women’s action on the 2018 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest prop bets, the line on total hot dogs eaten by the winner is set at 41.5, with both the OVER and UNDER sporting -120 odds, while five-time reigning champion Miki Sudo is listed as a -500 favorite to finish ahead of three-time champion Sonya Thomas, who returns to the competition for the first time since 2013.

 

*Odds as of June 26, 2018

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