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2011 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Viewing Info & Odds

The 2011 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest goes live on the 4th of July, with millions of fans ready to watch the event on TV or online.  Last year’s contest saw over 40,000 spectators attend the event live at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.

Last year also saw three-time defending champion, Joey Chestnut, defend his championship.  Chestnut was able to consume 54 hot dogs and their buns within 10 minutes.  Coming in second and third were Tim “Eater X” Janus and Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti.  The prize money for first place is an easy $10,000, followed by decreasing amounts of money awarded for second through eighth.

Current Odds to Win (source: Bodog)

Joey Chestnut     -333
Takeru Kobayashi     +190
Tim Eater X Janus     +1200
Patrick Bertoletti     +2000
Bob Shoudt     +2500
Hall Hunt     +5000
Sonya Thomas     +5000
Erik Denmark     +6600
Juliet Lee     +6600
Badlands Booker     +8000
Crazy Legs Conti     +8000
Gravy Brown     +8000
Jim Reeves     +8000
Pete Davekos     +8000
Sean Gordon     +8000
Marco Marquez     +10000
Micah Collins     +10000
Bob Coccodrilli     +15000
Franco Camerini     +15000

Heading into the 2011 Nathan’s Contest, Joey Chesnut has won the event four straight years, dating back to 2007.  Prior to that, it was all Takeru Kobayashi, who won the event from 2001 through 2006.  Kobayashi became a household name in eating, and his dominance is becoming close to matched as Chestnut will go for his 5th straight.  Last year saw its share of controversy with Kobayashi attending the event, refusing to sign a contract to compete, and then later being taken away by police after a scuffle happened post-contest.

This year, it appears Kobayashi will be one of the competitors, and he’ll be aiming to take down Mr. Chestnut!  The 2011 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will be shown live on Monday,July 4th, starting at 11:30 AM EST with the Women’s Contest and then 12:00 PM EST for the Men’s Contest.  The event will be seen via live streaming video feed on the ESPN3 sports site as well as on TV via ESPN starting at 12PM Noon EST!

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