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Chestnut the Heavy Favorite in 2018 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut after the 2010 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Joey Chestnut looks to maintain his stranglehold on the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2018. Photo by Michael (Flickr) CC License
  • Joey Chestnut is a living legend in the food world, winning ten of the last 11 hot dog eating contests
  • Matt Stonie is the only man who has beaten Chestnut in that time
  • See the odds for the 2018 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Every 4th of July (12:00pm EST) we celebrate our independence. Some choose to fire up the BBQ and light off some fireworks, while others come together on Coney Island to marvel at the single greatest feat of athleticism Major League Eating and the International Federation of Competitive Eating can muster: crushing hot dogs.

This year marks the 102nd Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, and yet again, Joey Chestnut is the favorite to win.

2017 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Recap

Joseph “Jaws” Chestnut successfully defended his title and launched himself into the sporting world stratosphere after earning his 10th Mustard Belt and a cool $10,000.

Jaws packed away an astonishing 72 hot dogs in ten minutes, breaking his own previous world record of 70 HDBs (hot dogs and buns) from the year before. In fact, Joey has be so dominant that the only blip on his resume was in 2015 when Matt Stonie smashed 62 dogs to Chestnut’s 60.

Men’s Champions Hot Dogs and Buns Eaten Year
Joey Chestnut 72 2017
Joey Chestnut 70 2016
Matthew Stonie 62 2015
Joey Chestnut 61 2014
Joey Chestnut 69 2013
Joey Chestnut 68 2012
Joey Chestnut 62 2011
Joey Chestnut 54 2010
Joey Chestnut 68 2009
Joey Chestnut 59* 2008
Joey Chestnut 66 2007

*Chestnut beat Kobayashi in an eat-off, the first since 1980, finishing five HDB in 50 seconds

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut History

Joe is an absolute machine, a bottomless pit of caloric consumption. Make no mistake this is no one trick pony. Jaws has set World records in:

  • Shrimp Cocktails
  • Deep Fried Asparagus
  • Pork Ribs
  • Steak
  • Matzah Balls
  • Bratwurst
  • Hard Boiled eggs
  • Pork Rolls
  • and Mutton Sandwiches

Fortunately for Chestnut, they don’t ask how, just how many …

The question Joey is facing in 2018 isn’t whether he will walk away with his 11th title, rather can he match his previous pace?

Hot Dogs and Buns Eaten By Joey Chestnut in 2018 Odds at BetOnline
Over 68.5 -145
Under 68.5 +105

2018 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Odds

Do not over think this. Joey eats like a family of five. Take Jaws for the win and then grab yourself a foot long and tune in to one of the truly amazing athletes of our time.

Winner of the Men’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Odds at BetOnline
Joey Chestnut -450
Matt Stonie +300
Carmen Cincotti +450
FIELD +700


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Jon was a subpar athlete who just wouldn't let go of the free Gatorade. Although this didn't lead to the shoe deal he deserves, it did give him ample time to study the game.