Releases Odds on Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest

Kobayashi Overwhelming Favorite To Win Sixth Straight Mustard Yellow Belt

Jun 30, 2006, 01:00 ET from

    WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The ultimate contest
 pitting man against frankfurter, Nathan's Famous Fourth of July
 International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a staple on America's
 birthday since 1916. With the "Super Bowl of competitive eating" only days
 away, today released odds on the world's most famous
 eating contest and lists reigning five-time champion, Takeru Kobayashi as
 an overwhelming favorite to successfully defend his title.
     The largest sportsbook on the Internet, has expanded
 its sports betting menu into the competitive eating arena by posting
 several betting options on the most intense 12 minutes of eating to be
 witnessed this year. The greatest eater in history and world record holder
 at the Nathan's event, Takeru Kobayashi has been installed as an
 overwhelming favorite at 1/3 odds (i.e., win $1 for every $3 bet) to
 capture the Mustard Yellow Championship Belt for the sixth straight year. believes Joey Chestnut, who devoured 50 hot dogs in
 qualifying, will present the biggest challenge to Kobayashi, listing him
 with the second-best odds to win the contest at 3/1. Sonya Thomas may
 appear slight in stature, but proved her bite is bigger than her bark with
 a second place finish in 2005 by devouring 37 dogs, and at 21/1 has the
 third best odds to win this year's event.
     "When people discuss individual dominance in sports they usually
 mention Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles or Tiger Woods' 10
 major championships, but Kobayashi's consecutive win streak at Coney Island
 is equally impressive," said Simon Noble of "Although
 Joey Chestnut is having an amazing year on the competitive eating circuit
 and set a new American record with 50 hot dogs, it's unlikely he'll be able
 to unseat the great Kobayashi. Champions respond under pressure, and like
 Jordan and Elway before him, Kobayashi is the most clutch performer in
 eating history."
     In addition to calculating odds on who'll win the contest, has created several other betting options on the world's
 most prestigious eating competition. Although the oddsmakers favor the
 winner consuming at least 50 hot dogs and buns at 5/8 odds, they believe
 Kobayashi's world record of 53 1/2 frankfurters will be safe for at least
 another year, listing a new standard being set as a 9/4 underdog. Bettors
 may also wager on unique over/under lines on the number of hot dogs the
 three favorites will eat in this year's contest. The over/under line for
 Kobayashi's total has been set at 50 hot dogs and buns, while Chestnut's
 total is 45 and Thomas' has been set at 37. has also created unique match-ups between eaters
 participating in this year's event. For a complete list of odds, please
 visit the "competitive eating" section at .
     Current Odds:    *All Odds Subject To Change*
     Odds To Win Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
     Takeru Kobayashi        1/3
     Joey Chestnut           3/1
     Sonya Thomas           21/1
     Chip Simpson          100/1
     Patrick Bertoletti    100/1
     Bob Shoudt            100/1
     Rich LeFevre          100/1
     Brian Subich          150/1
     Tim Janus             150/1
     Eric Booker           150/1
     Ed Jarvis             150/1
     Any Other Eater        10/1
     Will The Record Of 53.5 Hot Dogs Be Broken?
     No                      2/5
     Yes                     9/4
     Will The Winner Eat At Least 50 Hot Dogs?
     Yes                     5/8
     No                      3/2
     Total Hot Dogs Eaten By Kobayashi
     Over 50 hot dogs      10/13
     Under 50 hot dogs       6/5
     Total Hot Dogs Eaten By Chestnut
     Over 45 hot dogs        5/8
     Under 45 hot dogs       3/2
     Total Hot Dogs Eaten By Thomas
     Over 37 hot dogs        5/6
     Under 37 hot dogs     11/10
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