With Joey Chestnut the overwhelming favorite to win the 2022 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, is he worth a bet at all? And what else is worth watching?
The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is a July 4 tradition unlike any other. The world’s best competitive eaters will gather yet again at Coney Island to stuff their faces full of hot dogs, and test the very core of their stomachs.
It’s not something your doctor would recommend watching, let alone participating in. Yet, the event has been taking place for decades, and seemingly every year the numbers go up.
Last year, Chestnut ended up eating 76 hot dogs — breaking his own world record of 75. Before the contest, he guessed he’d hit the 77 hot dog mark.
All odds are courtesy of WynnBet.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest odds
Odds to Win Men’s Competition:
- Joey Chestnut -3000
- Geoffrey Esper +800
- Nick Wehry +1200
- Darron Breeden +1400
- Gideon Oji +2200
Odds to Win Women’s Competition:
- Miki Sudo -5000
- Michelle Lesco +1000
- Other +700
Chestnut is the prohibitive favorite for a reason — he should not be doubted. It’s unlike this is the year he relinquishes his crown, as he claims he still has a few years left eating at the highest level. Unless the fix is in, the odds are in Chestnut’s favor.
As for Miki Sudo — she did not win the contest last year, as she was pregnant at the time. She won every year from 2014-2020, with Lesco winning last year.
How many hot dogs will Joey Chestnut eat?
The over/under on hot dogs eaten by Chestnut this year is 74.5. Given he has hit the 75 hot dog mark the last several years, the oddsmakers are trying to bait you into taking the over.
Chestnut has set his own world record the last two years. He’ll aim to do so for the third straight year as he marks yet another chapter in his international eating legacy.