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2 July 2003

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua – (Press Release) -- With the "Super Bowl of competitive eating" only days away, today released exclusive odds for the Fourth of July Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. A leading offshore gaming company for over 10 years, has handicapped the Nathan's event for two straight years and has announced numerous betting options on the world-renowned eating contest, including who will win the coveted Mustard Yellow Championship Belt.

Coming as no surprise, reigning champion Takeru Kobayashi enters the contest as an overwhelming favorite at 1/6 odds (i.e., win $1 for every $6 bet). Other competitive eating stars that may challenge the "Tsunami" include Eric Booker (4/1), Oleg Zhornitsky (14/1), Ed "Cookie" Jarvis (25/1), "Gentleman" Joe Menchetti (25/1) and Rich "the Locust" LeFevre (25/1).

William "The Refrigerator" Perry, the sponsored eater and former Super Bowl Champion, finds himself as a 100/1 long shot as he tries to make the jump to competitive eating.

"Kobayashi's dominance in the sport of competitive eating is unprecedented, hence we've made him an overwhelming favorite to capture the Nathan's championship for the third straight year," said Simon Noble, CEO of "Although we have sponsored The Fridge's foray into competitive eating, we feel his rookie status in the sport will serve as a handicap and have listed him with the longest odds of winning the event." has created individual odds on all 14 finalists competing in the Nathan's event on July Fourth. The other contestants has calculated odds on include: Don Lerman (25/1), Dale Boone (28/1), "Hungry" Charles Hardy (33/1), Sonya Thomas (35/1), Carson Hughes (40/1), Boyd Bulot (40/1) and Carlene Lefevre (50/1). In addition, customers may bet on various match ups, over/under lines and special proposition bets on the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Contest until 11 a.m. Eastern on July 4th, an hour before the start of the contest.

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Championship is held each year on July 4th at the original Nathan's Famous location at Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, NY. An official weigh- in and certification ceremony is held at New York City Hall on July 3rd. Held every year since 1916, the contest draws the finest competitive eaters from around the world to battle for the coveted Mustard Yellow Championship Belt, the World Cup of competitive eating. For the past two years, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan has won the Fourth of July contest. In 2002, Kobayashi set a new world record by downing 50 1/2 Nathan's Famous hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes. (World Wide Tele-Sports) is the foremost offshore gaming company offering both Internet and telephone wagering to its worldwide customers. Fully licensed and regulated in St. John's, Antigua since 1995, offers a complete range of online casino games and more than 150 betting options daily through its portfolio of companies and managed services --,, and

With over 10 years of experience, has become one of the most respected companies in the gaming industry by providing unparalleled 24/7 customer support and timely payouts. provides a secure environment for sports and casino wagering and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including USA Today, The Economist, ESPN, Associated Press, New York Daily News, New York Post and HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumble among others.

The IFOCE regulates eating contests throughout the world, including the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition, the Acme Oyster Eating Contest and the Thanksgiving Invitational. The IFOCE seeks to create an environment in which fans may enjoy the display of competitive eating skill while working to ensure that the sport of competitive eating is advanced safely and professionally.

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