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You Can Now Gamble on NATHAN’S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST

Geoffrey Esper, left, Joey Chestnut, center, and Matt Stone finish the men's competition of Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in New York's Coney Island. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)

Three states — New Jersey, Colorado and New Hampshire — have legalized betting on the Nathan’s Hot Dog-Eating Contest for the first time in the event’s history. The 2020 eat-off will air live Saturday at noon on ESPN, but spectators will be barred from watching in person due to the coronavirus. The event will be held in a private indoor site at the Brooklyn beach. Joey Chestnut will be vying for his 13th title this year in the Fourth of July tradition and is considered the heavy favorite. Chestnut won the contest last year after scarfing down 71 dogs and buns. In the women’s competition, Miki Sudo is favored after already winning the contest six times. (Metro News)


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