Betting just got weirder
By Paul
Recently we heard of gamblers playing tic-tac-toe against a rooster, but this one runs it pretty close for weird bet of the year: Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition has been a Fourth of July Holiday oddity in the US since 1916, and now, for the first time in its history, you can bet on who will win the coveted Mustard Yellow Championship Belt, or as the official bookmakers describe it, “the World Cup of competitive eating”.

Offshore betting company yesterday announced the odds on this year’s competition.

Reigning champion and world record holder Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi is the overwhelming favorite to win this year’s contest at 1/2 odds (i.e., win $1 for every $2 bet) while giving the other contestants 20 hot dogs. The other competitive eating stars that may challenge the “Tsunami” include Eric Booker (9/5), Oleg Zhornitsky (4/1) and Charles Hardy (7/1). All other participants have been included in “The Field,” currently listed as a 10/1 long shot.

Customers may also wager on unique over/under lines on the number of hot dogs the four favorites will eat in this year’s contest. The over/under line for Kobayashi, who downed an unprecedented 50 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes at last year’s contest, is listed at 50 while the over/under line for the next closest competitor is 28. Fans can also bet on the exact number of hot dogs each entrant eats and the total number of hot dogs consumed by all 20 participants in this year’s contest.

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