Joey Chestnut has claimed the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on the Fourth of July every year since 2007, and he's the favorite on the odds at the sportsbooks to win the event once again this year.
Chestnut consumed 62 hot dogs in just 10 minutes to win the competition in 2011; that was more than his 2010 mark of 54 hot dogs, but less than his record-setting number of 68 from 2009. Chestnut ate 59 hot dogs in 2008, and 66 back in 2007.
Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti finished second to Chestnut with 53 hot dogs eaten last year, while six-time Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest champion Takeru Kobayashi sat out for the second year in a row with a contract dispute.
For this year, Chestnut is the -800 favorite at over The Field (+500) to win his sixth straight title at Coney Island, and his OVER/UNDER for total hot dogs eaten sits at 62.5.
Bertoletti has an OVER/UNDER of 53.5 hot dogs eaten for the Fourth of July event, with the OVER/UNDER on the margin of victory for the contest set at 10 hot dogs for this year.
Over in the women's competition, Sonya Thomas has an OVER/UNDER of 40.5 hot dogs eaten at ; she won the inaugural women's event at Coney Island last year with a mark of 40. Juliet Lee was second with 29.5 hot dogs eaten in 2011.
2012 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest - Odds
Joey Chestnut -800
2012 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest - Margin of Victory
Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Joey Chestnut
Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti
Total Hot Dog's Eaten by Sonya Thomas