Nathan's Famous Hot-Dog Contest: Sudo's Absence Leaves Women's Division Wide Open
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Nathan's Famous Hot-Dog Contest: Sudo's Absence Leaves Women's Division Wide Open

Joey Chestnut is the Secretariat of Nathan's hot dog eating contest. There's him and then there's the rest of the field. Chestnut has won five straight titles in the men's division and 13 of the last 14. Miki Sudo owns seven straight victories in the women's competition. But she's pregnant and won't compete this year. That's thrown the women's side of Nathan's hot dog eating contest betting lines wide open.

2021 Nathan's Famous Hot-Dog Contest Odds & Picks

  • Thirteen-time champion Joey Chestnut is the -1400 favorite to win the 2021 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4th
  • Chestnut is also favored at -130 to consume more than 73.5 hot dogs during the event
  • Miki Sudo, winner in the women's division for the past seven years, is pregnant and will sit out this year's event

They'll be chowing down old school at this year's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, but that doesn't mean that bettors should be considered anything other than the usual ingredients on the men's side of Nathan's hot dog eating contest betting lines. Joey Chestnut is still the one to beat. The only question is how many hot dogs will he devour during the July 4 consumption fest?

EaterBovada
Joey Chestnut-1400
Field+650

Normally, the same would hold true in the women's division. Miki Sudo has won the past seven Nathan's titles on the distaff side of the ledger, but she won't be making in eight in a row. Sudo is pregnant with her first child and will be sitting out the 2021 competition. That's leaving some intriguing options for bettors in Nathan's hot dog eating contest picks among the female competitors.

After last year's competition was held indoors without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship will return to its usual site outdoors on the boardwalk of Coney Island, NY. A new location is on tap for the 2021 competition. It is being held at Maimonides Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones and just a few steps away from its usual locale in front of Nathan's Famous on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Ave. Fans are again being welcomed to the event that Chestnut describes as his Super Bowl.

To earn a chance to knock off the legend that is Chestnut, everyone who entered must be a member of Major League Eating. Competitive male and female eaters must win one of 16 qualifying events staged across America. Each event offers $20,000 in cash prizes. For online sports bettors, the annual Nathan's competition is a popular wagering option, offering numerous prop betting options.

ESPN annually carries the event live and it routinely draws a viewership into the millions.

Chestnut A Dominant Force

He is the Wayne Gretzky of weiners, the Tom Brady of buns. When it comes to consuming hot dogs, Chestnut is the goat. Chestnut owns 52 world-eating records.

A year ago, Chestnut was an overwhelming -900 favorite in the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Vegas odds. This year, perhaps to encourage more action on the main event, online sportsbooks are taking a different approach with the betting lines on the competition.

For the 2021 Nathan's hot dog contest picks, Chestnut is listed as the -1400 betting favorite. Bettors can wager on the field against Chestnut at a betting line of +650.

Matt Stonie, in 2015, is the only man other than Chestnut to win Nathan's competition since 2007.

How Many Hot Dogs Will He Eat?

Not only has Chestnut dominated this event for the last 14 years, he's also shredding the record book. Seven times, he's broken the world record for hot dogs consumed in the 10-minute time limit offered during Nathan's competition.

Last year, Chestnut did it again. He downed a record 75 hot dogs. A prop wager on offer among this year's Nathan's hot dog contest odds is an over/under on how many hot dogs Chestnut will consume. The total is set at 73.5 hot dogs.

Is It Lesco's Time To Shine?

Minus Sudo, the favorite in Nathan's hot dog eating championship odds in the women's division figures to be Michelle Lesco. She's finished second in the event the past three years.

The math teacher from Arizona owns three Guinness world records for speed eating. However, Lesco's best effort in Nathan's event is 32 hot dogs.

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