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2021 Guide to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

| June 24, 2021 2:29 pm PDT

Joey Chestnut is back to defend his title come July 4th. The greatest competitive eater alive will aim for his 14th ever Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest championship and his sixth in a row.

The men’s side of this year’s competition will likely deliver the same result as usual. Chestnut just keeps breaking records, and he’s lost just once since 2007.

However, things will be different from the women’s side, as seven-time defending champ Miki Sudo is slated to miss the competition.

So, what should you expect for this year’s hot dog eating contest? Find out everything you need to know in this Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest preview for 2021.

If you’re looking to dive straight in and place some wagers, check out the following sites for the latest odds.

When Is the 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?

As is tradition, the 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will occur on July 4th. The event is centered around competitive eating and marketing but also helps commemorate Independence Day.

Anyone can watch the competition live and in person (for free), with the contest starting at 11 am on Sunday, July 4th, 2021.

Here’s a quick rundown of the schedule.

  • 10:00 am – Doors Open
  • 10:45 am – Women’s Contest Starts
  • 12:30 pm – Men’s Contest Starts 

The man’s competition garners most of the attention, largely because the men have set pretty lofty records for most hot dogs consumed during a contest.

However, there is a big change coming up top in the female contest this year, so fans of competitive eating will want to show up (or tune in) to see both contests.

Where Is This Year’s Competition?

It isn’t at Nathan’s Famous Corporation; I can tell you that. The famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest was always conducted at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island but took a break in 2020.

Not only did the contest change venues, but it was also reduced in size and held indoors.

The 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest will be back in full force, and it will also still go down in Coney Island. This year, however, it will be at Maimonides Park.

It’s in close proximity to where the contest has been traditionally held, so it isn’t that big of a change. The good news is the competition is back outside, and unlike the 2020 contest, people can enjoy it live and in person.

What Happened at Last Year’s Contest?

I am not an advocate for blindly looking at past data to help people predict the future, but not acknowledging the past can also be dangerous.

That’s especially the case when you look at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, as one person has historically dominated it for long stretches.

Joey Chestnut has arguably cemented himself as the greatest competitive eater of all time, however. Last year wasn’t just the 13th time he became champion, but he also set a new (insane) record for hot dogs consumed in a contest (75).

Chestnut seems unstoppable at this point. It’s worth noting that the 2020 contest was shortened to just five finalists, but Chestnut nearly doubled his closest competition.

Here were the final standings in the men’s competition.

  • 5. Eric Booker – 20
  • 4. George Chiger – 24
  • 3. Nick Wehry – 39.5
  • 2. Darron Breeden – 42
  • 1. Joey Chestnut – 75

Of course, Chestnut isn’t the only competitive eater completely owning the competition at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest these days.

Miki Sudo has dominated the female contest, and she wrapped up her seventh title in 2020. Her field was also shortened to five total women, but the margin of victory was about as bad.

Here are the final results from the women in last year’s contests.

  • 5. Rene Rovtar – 7
  • 4. Julie Goldberg – 8.5
  • 3. Katie Prettyman – 15
  • 2. Larell Marie Mele – 18
  • 1. Miki Sudo – 48.5

Just like Chestnut, Sudo also broke a record in 2020. She ate 48.5 hot dogs in a truly impressive effort that arguably also puts her in her own class compared to female competitive eaters.

I doubt many would have predicted anyone but Chestnut and Sudo would have won their respective contests last year. Still, the alteration to the competition could have assisted them to a degree.

Still, those individual performances were clearly one-of-a-kind, so I’m not sure more contestants really would have mattered.

Who Will Compete in the 2021 Hot Dog Eating Contest?

The final field for the 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest isn’t official. However, there is a lot of hype brewing on social media around some of the potential contestants, including some that won’t be participating.

A pretty massive omission? Miki Sudo. The phenom will not be on hand to shoot for an eighth straight title on the women’s side, as she is expecting.

This blows the door wide open for the female contest. You can look to last year’s runner-up Larell Marie Marie Mele, or Sudo’s main rival, Michelle Lesco.

The rest of the women’s side isn’t final, but those are undeniably the biggest names to monitor. And, quite obviously, the fact that Sudo won’t be participating this year is massive news (for good and bad reasons!).

On the men’s side, Joey Chestnut is back to defend his title. He’ll surely be aiming for a new record and will also probably settle for title #14, no matter the final hot dog count.

His top threats appear to be Darron Breeden and Matthew Stonie, while Nick Wehry (husband of Sudo) will also give it a go.

Breeden finished second last year, and Stonie is the last man to take down the man known as “Jaws.”

Top Tip: A newcomer could always surprise, too, but as noted, these competitions are often dominated by familiar faces. If you’re trying to come away with a 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest prediction, I’d start with that group.

Final contestants will be announced prior to the competition.

Betting on the 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

You know the where, when, and what for this year’s contest. Next up is putting history and all other information to good use and successfully betting on the 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

At the moment, there isn’t much to bet on. The best entertainment betting sites offer a prop detailing how many hot dogs Joey Chestnut will eat (over/under is at 73.5), but the oddsmakers have yet to price the contest itself.

In addition to betting on who will win the 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (for both sides), most sites will push out Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest prop bets, which can include the following.

  • Eater vs. Eater Matchup
  • Total # of Hot Dogs Eaten
  • Eater Over/Under Bets

More props can pop up, and it depends on the site and what you’re looking for. To get the best odds, wager types, and top-notch customer service, though, I’d be sure to find some great sites to bet on the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

You can hit up our recommended entertainment betting sites page mentioned previously to find some of the better options; two sites that stand out are BetUS and MyBookie.

BetUS is one of the best sites in terms of betting lines and early access for wagers, while their pricing is always fantastic. MyBookie rivals BetUS in a lot of those regards, but this just might be the best site for betting on entertainment prop bets in general.

You might find odds sooner elsewhere, or the pricing could be better. But I challenge you to find a better selection of props, as well as amazing bonuses and promotions.

But this is just my opinion on two of the best Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest betting sites. There are many sites to place bets at and to be honest, it’s smart to have more than a few to go to.

Why? Because some push out props and odds sooner than others, some forget to release them altogether, pricing can be different, and not every site offers the same promotions or payment methods.

A lot goes into choosing the right site, and even more, goes into nailing your bets each year. Of course, if you start with Joey Chestnut breaking another record or winning his 14th title, you’ll probably be in decent shape.

Our 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest coverage doesn’t end here. With the release of props and odds, you can be on the lookout for more betting insight and predictions. Just be sure to bookmark our entertainment betting blog for the latest updates.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

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