Yes, You Can Bet On The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest In Massachusetts

Written By Connor Grootenhuis on July 3, 2023 - Last Updated on August 8, 2023
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This Fourth of July, Massachusetts bettors have a chance to wager on one of the more unique events out there:

Hot dog eating.

That’s right. The Massachusetts Sports Wagering Catalog allows for betting on the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in the Commonwealth.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 11:45 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. Coverage begins at 11 a.m.

Betting on hot dog eating in Massachusetts

Several Massachusetts sportsbooks feature odds for the hot dog eating contest, including DraftKings and FanDuel. (Although, sorry, we haven’t seen any MA sportsbook bonuses involving the eating extravaganza.)

This is the first chance that Massachusetts bettors have to bet on the event, as online sports betting in Massachusetts launched earlier this year on March 10.

In Massachusetts, bettors can bet on a number of different markets such as:

  • Men’s outright winner
  • Women’s outright winner
  • Will there be a world record broken?
  • Total hot dogs eaten for select participants (Over/Under)

Competitive eating is one of 69 sports or sporting events featured in he Massachusetts Sports Wagering Catalog.

Obviously, popular sports such as football, basketball, and baseball are included in the state’s wagering catalog. Offering odds on competitive eating gives users a chance to bet on a more niche event.

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission rejected a request to add six sporting events to the state’s sports wagering catalog, including slap fight betting.

About the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is a competitive hot dog eating contest that is held each year on July 4.

It takes place at Nathan’s Famous Corporation’s original and best-known restaurant in Coney Island at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues.

When the event begins, the highest-ranked qualifiers from Major League Eating will attempt to eat as many hot dogs (in buns) as possible in 10 minutes.

The record belongs to Joey Chestnut, who consumed 76 hot dogs in 2021. Chestnut has won the event a record 15 times, all within the past 16 years.

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Connor Grootenhuis is the Managing Editor for PlayMA covering all things gambling and sports betting in Massachusetts. Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan who believes that every loss is a bad beat and every win is easy money.

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