A few things can be counted every 4th of July:
— All the pets in the neighborhood will be scared off by the fireworks.
— Someone will get hurt during the family water fight, which probably shouldn’t happen in the first place because there’s a massive drought.
“And Joey Chestnut will win the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest.
Chestnut has won six straight championships and is the strong favorite to win the Mustard Belt again on Monday when the contest is held at Coney Island in New York.
BetMGM made Chestnut a -3,000 favorite for the event, with the field set at 10-1.
If you like betting on the hot dog eating contest, it’s not allowed in Nevada. The only states in which it is kosher to bet on the contest are Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, and New Jersey, per BetMGM rules and regulations.
Chestnut has won 14 of the last 15 contests, with Matt Stonie’s upset victory in 2015 breaking the remarkable streak.
Over the past two years, Chestnut has set a record for most buns and sausages eaten within 10 minutes. “Jaws” swallowed 76 to win in 2021 after finishing 75 the previous year.
BetMGM’s bet on the total number of hot dogs eaten by Chestnut opened at 74.5 with the most at -135. It has been bet down to -140, with the minus now at +110.
Former Henderson resident Miki Sudo returns after a year-long absence and is a -5,000 favorite at BetMGM to win the women’s competition. The field is 11-1.
Sudo, a seven-time champion, missed the 2021 contest while pregnant after crushing a record 48.5 hot dogs in 2020. Michelle Lesco won last year by putting down 30.75 dogs in 10 minutes.
Sudo topped other Major League Eating events in 2022, and BetMGM opened its total at 49.5 hot dogs. It was lowered to 46.5 on Friday, with the favorite under -135.
Prior to 2020, Sudo’s best score in the hot dog contest was 41, and the betting market adjusted accordingly.