- No sportsbook in New Jersey will have odds on Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
- New Jersey did allow for bets on the Oscars in the past.
- Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo are expected to win the hot dog eating contest again.
TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) will not allow wagers on Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
This year will mark the 103rd Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. The contest is recognized by Major League Eating (MLE). It is also sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE). By these standards, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is a sport.
But the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement does not see it that way. Sportsbooks in New Jersey made requests to the DGE to allow them to post odds on the eating contest. Unfortunately, the DGE denied the request.
The DGE decides whether or not a contest can be wagered on in New Jersey. Earlier this year, the DGE did allow sportsbooks to accept bets on the Oscars. In the end, New Jersey residents will have to go online to bet on the hot dog eating contest.
Odds For Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
USA online sportsbooks such as SportsBetting do have odds for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Unless a major upset happens, there is not a lot of room to make much money. This is because 11-time champion Joey Chestnut is returning to defend his Mustard Belt.
The odds for Joey Chestnut to win Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest are -1000. On the flipside, the odds for Joey Chestnut to lose Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest are at +500. All it takes is for an upset to happen, and a bettor could make a large sum of money.
Joey Chestnut is not the only eater to watch out for. There is also a women’s division for the contest. Miki Sudo is the reigning five-time women’s eating champion for this contest. Miki Sudo has -1500 odds to win Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. SportsBetting has +700 odds for Sudo to lose Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Nathon’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is very popular in the United States. As such, ESPN will cover the event live. The day of the contest is July 4. The women’s competition will start at 10:45 a.m. ET. You can watch it live on EPSN3 or on the ESPN app. The men’s contest is at 12 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN 2.