DraftKings, Barstool Refund Joey Chestnut Over Bets Amid Protest
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Anyone who bet Joey Chestnut’s over in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Barstool and DraftKings sportsbooks won’t swallow a loss.
Both shops are refunding ‘over’ wagers following a mid-competition animal rights protest in which the champ himself took matters into his own hands – both literally and figuratively.
Joey Chestnut choke slamming protesters while winning 🐐 pic.twitter.com/XJlxAi5yoJ
— 🎙Hunter Sleppy 🇺🇦 (@HunterSleppy) July 4, 2022
Despite the small hiccup, Chestnut — a -10000 favorite — never wavered.
The No. 1-ranked eater downed 63 hot dogs in 10 minutes and finished with a double-digit lead over the next-closest competitor (Geoffrey Esper, 47.5).
Chestnut wasn’t even in the vicinity of his closing total of 74.5 dogs, but Barstool and DraftKings — and potentially others — will send credits back to bettors following the disruption.
“During the Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joey Chestnut was attacked mid-competition,” Barstool’s Dave Portnoy said in a statement.
“As a result, the Barstool Sportsbook will be offering bad beat insurance for anyone who bet the over on Chestnut’s total hot dogs consumed, and they will get their money back.”
With the disruption during Nathan's Hot Dog Contest, we will be refunding all single bets on Joey Chestnut Over 74.5 Hot Dogs Eaten pic.twitter.com/AyFcW26e3z
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) July 4, 2022
It was the 15th Nathan’s win for Chestnut, who entered the competition on crutches no less.
After crushing a world-record 76 dogs and buns a year ago, Chestnut failed to cross the 70 mark for the first time in seven years.
Miki Sudo, meanwhile, cruised in the women’s side with 40 hot dogs.
Sudo — who sat out last year due to pregnancy — won in resounding fashion, consuming 14 more than second-place finisher, Michelle Lesco.