2017 Las Vegas Nathan’s qualifier

update Apr 29 Full contest video

update Apr 25 The Las Vegas Sun has a gallery

update Apr 23 Las Vegas Review Journal has a contest writeup reporting Rich LeFevre reversed after the contest

Results
1) Rich LeFevre 30
2) Ryan Biuko 15
3) Doug Ecks 12.5
4) Brian Hochheim 9

1W) Michelle Lesco 29, personal best

If these are all the competitors, 5 might be an all time low for a qualifier field size

Fox5 had a promo contest yesterday

Previous winners of the Las Vegas qualifier

2016 Apr 23 1st 30 10 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2016 Apr 23 1st 28 10 min Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV
2015 Apr 25 1st 48 10 min Matt “Megatoad” Stonie Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2015 Apr 25 1st 27.25 10 min Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV
2014 Apr 26 1st 26 10 min Pablo Martinez Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2014 Apr 26 1st 13 10 min Carlene LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV
2013 Apr 20 1st 31.5 10 min Jeff “The Beast Man” Butler Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2013 Apr 20 1st 40 10 min Miki Sudo Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV
2012 Apr 28 1st 30 10 min Sean “Flash” Gordon Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2012 Apr 28 1st 27 10 min “The Lovely” Juliet Lee Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV
2011 Apr 23 1st 30 10 min Sean “Flash” Gordon Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2011 Apr 23 1st 23 10 min Stephanie “Xanadu” Torres Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV
2010 May 6 1st 29 10 min “Big” Ben Monson Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
2009 May 7 1st 26 10 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
2008 May 8 1st 31 10 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
2007 May 3 1st 46 12 min Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
2006 May 18 1st 50 12 min Joey “Jaws” Chestnut Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
2005 May 19 1st 27 12 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
2004 May 27 1st 26 12 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
2003 Jun 5 1st 20 12 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV
1998 Jun 28 1st 13 12 min “Kid” Cary DeGrosa Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier Las Vegas, NV

Comments (44)

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  1. anonymous said

    April 22, 2017 @ 7:19 pm

    So who so far has qualified, and who are the wild card leaders??

  2. anonymous said

    April 22, 2017 @ 7:27 pm

    Here are more results:

    https://twitter.com/eatingcontest/status/855924362792316930

    Brian Hochheim 9
    Doug Ecks 12.5

  3. anonymous said

    April 22, 2017 @ 7:50 pm

    In the facebook video livestream, George Shea called Doug Ecks the new Eater X during his intro.

    [around 16:16 - hard to get exact time on facebook].

    https://www.facebook.com/watchfantom/videos/1909339492683201/?permPage=1

  4. anonymous said

    April 22, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

    OJ: there were at least 8 competitors in the video:

    https://www.facebook.com/watchfantom/videos/1909339492683201/?permPage=1

    Also, at least two people had flight problems and canceled according to the video

  5. anonymous said

    April 22, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

    Correction: this video shows there were also two additional woman at 0:01:

    https://twitter.com/gcshea/status/855881909418590208

    So at least 10 competitors.

  6. BS said

    April 22, 2017 @ 9:22 pm

    I got stuck on the plane Never again. Sad part is i was ready to rumble Haven’t had a hot dog in nearly 2yrs

  7. anonymous said

    April 22, 2017 @ 10:44 pm

    @BS: someone entered the Louisville qualifier by the name of “Brian Eick” and did 16 hot dogs for 2nd place. The last name is close to “Seiken”. Did you go to Louisville? instead of Las Vegas?

  8. anonymous said

    April 22, 2017 @ 11:48 pm

    Sorry I posted this in the Louisville contest instead of Vegas

    Looking at the video on facebook,Rich did a great job but was allowed to eat for at least 45 seconds after contest ended.. Las Vegas goldenboy can do no wrong Its just unbelievable that eating for 40 seconds after the contest goes unnoticed

  9. anonymous said

    April 23, 2017 @ 11:43 am

    I think Seiken was the Eick guy but stormed out of there because he thought this was his contest to win

  10. Anonymous said

    April 23, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

    It didn’t go unnoticed. You have up to a minute to clear your mouth of food. Michelle took almost as long and Joey and other top eaters routinely take that long.

  11. anonymous said

    April 23, 2017 @ 8:52 pm

    The food was in his hands..Check the video again

  12. anonymous said

    April 23, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

    Rich is known to eat after the clock runs out. He was still eating pasta 10 minutes after the contest was over at Paesanos in 2003

  13. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 12:06 am

    I heard Koch and El Toro were there but did not speak to each other

  14. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 1:49 am

    From the article:

    “In a 1985 road trip to Amarillo, Texas, the couple took on the Big Texan Steak Ranch’s challenge to eat a 72-ounce steak — with sides — and receive the meal for free. Both LeFevre and his wife accomplished the task. “It was easy,” he said.

    They returned nearly every year before the new millenium and completed the challenge each time.”

    So you are allowed to do this food challenge multiple times. I also heard one guy in the 2000′s has won it at least six times (not a competitive eater). He stops in for a free steak dinner every time he passes by.

  15. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 2:02 am

    In the video for the article, George Shea calls the competition between Lesco and Lefevre “nothing short of miraculous”, with the contest going back and forth and Rich just edging out Michelle by one hot dog at the very end. In the article, Michelle claims she did not prepare, and Rich said this was the hardest thing he has ever done in his life. If he were younger, he said, he would train and practice more.

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/food/henderson-man-savors-winning-las-vegas-qualifier-for-hot-dog-eating-contest/

    There is also pic in the accompanying gallery of a couple in the crowd eating the free left overs, but with mustard.

  16. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 2:20 am

    Where are the judges who are suppose to watch these things

  17. Anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 3:07 am

    Rich doubled the next guys total moron. Are you jelous. It sounds like you are. Rich is a beast

  18. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

    Rich is a beast Just listen to how you sound ? A 73 yr old man with high blood pressure increasing his chances of heart disease and colon cancer by eating 30 hot dogs and hes a beast? Who’s the real moron YOU!

  19. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

    Carmen was smart enough to stay home and play poker tournament at Tropicana in AC which was probably more profitable for him saving on airfare and hotel . BTW i just made a fart it smells like a lark

  20. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

    Michelle actualy beat Rich, but cheating gets you everything

  21. Lemme Clear This Up said

    April 24, 2017 @ 5:10 pm

    Hey guys, it’s Michelle. I was right next to Rich, and I’m pretty sure he didn’t cheat. We weren’t really racing each other as much as we were both just trying to hit about 30. I was going to try to catch up to him, after kinda getting that competitive urge in the last minute, but I was a little too late starting my finishing sprint. He beat me fair and square. When the seconds counted down, we both stuffed in the last dog, and chewed it for about the same amount of time. I’m 99% sure he didn’t have extra in his hands (I was kinda busy chewing, so I can’t give you the 100% on that).

    I’d say he legitimately got 30. I know I legitimately got 29. My primary goal was to just qualify, my secondary goal was to try for 30. If I had prepared for the contest, and felt more confident in my capacity, I would have pushed harder. It’s just a little hard to have motivation to hit PRs when you know that the only way you can lose your spot at Coney is if you inadvertently disqualify yourself. I just decided to make sure I lived to fight another day.

    Anyhow, in summation, Rich fought a good, and fair fight.

    See ya at Coney!

  22. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 5:18 pm

    Speaking of Brian Seiken, I happened to be watching old MLE videos, and in one, George Shea says many fellow eaters found Sonya Thomas attractive, and one admitted to even having dreamed of her. It was Brian Seiken. Sonya said she felt uncomfortable about this.

    [see 0:50 to 1:32]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB9uV7toV5s

  23. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 6:27 pm

    So Michelle, You and Rich mmmmmmm. Do also practice together

  24. anonymous said

    April 24, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

    Really dreaming about someone is not something you can shut on an off like a damn faucet. It wasn’t anything sexual

  25. Anonymous said

    April 25, 2017 @ 2:15 am

    Proof is in the pudding moron.

  26. ErikTheElectric said (Registered January 11, 2015)

    April 25, 2017 @ 2:36 am

    *grabs popcorn*

  27. anonymous said

    April 25, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

    You are such a stupid pathetic ass. Do you honestly believe everything you watch? The segment mentioned that Seiken dreamed about Boone and Sonya in a baked bean contest which was a hoax conjured up by George Shea . In the interview Sonya was caught off guard but the real truth came when George wife watched the clip and the part where he asks Sonya ” you are very very attractive Have i ever come into your dreams’? George was forced to sleep on the sofa for a week True story Just ask him

  28. anonymous said

    April 25, 2017 @ 12:36 pm

    Rich main concern is getting the free airfare to NY so he can eat at Carmines and the free hot dogs fries and chicken fingers in the back bullpen after the contest. BTW expect Gavonne to wear a disguise obtain a press pass and get free food in the back like hes done year in and year out

  29. ANONYMOUS said

    April 25, 2017 @ 1:17 pm

    So the invinceable Fervre thows up in a can after an interview with the LVRJ..Didn’t have time to get inside…How great”

  30. anonymous said

    April 25, 2017 @ 6:24 pm

    Ok, I was looking at the gallery above in the LV Sun. In the bottom, these are the headlines for Las Vegas today:

    Elderly couple die after leaping from Silverton parking garage
    Man accused of fatally stabbing girlfriend is probation officer
    Police: Man shot in leg during robbery on Strip
    Police: Student says teacher sought picture of him in underwear
    Four arrested in 16 Las Vegas armed robberies
    2 sought after woman they dropped off at hospital dies
    Man arrested in random Las Vegas stabbings that left 1 dead
    Report: Ex-con, just out of prison, viciously beats man’s grandma
    Man injured in random knife attack dies, police say
    Feds warn of gas pump scheme that can drain a victim’s bank account
    Metro warns of ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam happening in Las Vegas

    Is this a joke? If I were you, I would stay out of Vegas. Possibly the most dangerous town in America. I commend Carmen Cincotti and Brian Seiken for not going.

  31. anonymous said

    April 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

    Vomitting is very stressful on the body, especially the heart and blood vessels, and can cause a heart attack or stroke. It can also cause asphyxiation to to aspiration if particles get lodged into the throat or trachea. But I guess bodies can get used to it.

  32. anonymous said

    April 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

    “asphyxiation DUE to aspiration”

  33. anonymous said

    April 25, 2017 @ 10:44 pm

    Walk out of a Vegas casino on the strip and you’re bound to get held up .Walk out of a Atlantic city casino and the chances of getting robbed or held up is slim and none

  34. anonymous said

    April 26, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

    Just walk one block away from the Casinos in Atlantic City and see if you’ll be able to walk back”"

  35. anonymous said

    April 26, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

    I think it would be a real hit it someone would film Lafevre at the Hotdog champion ship in New York and follow him after the contest as he gets lost into the crowd to sneek into the bathroom to do his stuff..Then he goes up to the greenroom with an empty stomach and eats hotdogs and fries while telling the people up there how hungry he still is…GREAT CHAMP

  36. anonymous said

    April 26, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

    Your right, Last year that’s where he was but the pictures on my phone was lousy

  37. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    April 26, 2017 @ 4:08 pm

    According to this article, some competitors reverse in public

    http://palashbd.com/the-hot-dog-eating-contest-is-a-disgrace-to-gluttons-everywhere/

  38. anonymous said

    April 26, 2017 @ 5:02 pm

    One of George Shea’s cardinal rules he tell competitors is if you have to reverse, please do it out of the public eye. One time, Dale Boone violated this in the early 2000′s by vomiting right on stage at the table.

  39. Anonymous said

    April 26, 2017 @ 6:19 pm

    THAT ARTICLE IS FROM 2014

  40. anonymous said

    April 26, 2017 @ 7:27 pm

    These phoney major league eaters never admit to throwing up yeah right magic capacity

  41. anonymous said

    April 29, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

    Look at Naader Reder who does 5 contests in a day.

  42. anonymous said

    April 30, 2017 @ 8:07 am

    Rich Lefevre blatantly cheated. He grabbed and tried to put a full hot dog in his mouth for at least a full 15 seconds after the clock reached zero!!! It would fit in, so he kept his hands over his mouth for a minute. Other eaters don’t grab food after 0, especially if their mouth is already full.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUbpERtM8rs

    [from 2:50 on]

    Care to respond Rich???

  43. lafevre said

    April 30, 2017 @ 11:37 am

    Not really Ron

  44. RON said

    April 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    Rich if your looking to start something on eatfeats lets go. 807AM was not me ,you should know that.I was long gone an hour before you even competed

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