Article claims $400-500 million in MLE prize money

Front Office Sports has an article claiming that total annual MLE prize money is $400-500 million. The linked to FoxBusiness article says the total purse is $400,000-$500,000.

Summing all the listed cash purses for 2017 competitions produces a result of $198,475:

$3,500 2017 Feb 18 World Chili Eating Challenge Orlando Chili Cook Off Orlando, FL
$4,000 2017 Mar 4 The Spirit of Texas Festival World’s Largest Chili Eating Championship – canceled Spirit of Texas Festival College Station, TX
$3,500 2017 Mar 12 World Championship Croqueta Eating Contest Carnival Miami Miami, FL
$3,500 2017 Apr 8 The National Harbor World Peeps Eating Championship Peeps Day National Harbor, MD
$6,100 2017 Apr 30 National Sweet Corn Eating Championship Sweet Corn Fiesta West Palm Beach, FL
$4,000 2017 May 5 Mystic Lake Casino Hotel World Taco Eating Championship Mystic Lake Casino Prior Lake, MN
$4,000 2017 May 13 Owensboro International Bar-B-Q Festival World Mutton Sandwich-Eating Championship Owensboro International Bar-B-Q Festival Owensboro, KY
$5,000 2017 May 27 The Denver Outlaws World Burrito Eating Championship Presented By Illegal Pete’s Denver Outlaws game Denver, CO
$4,000 2017 May 27 Tivoli Fest World Aebleskiver Eating Championship Tivoli Fest Elk Horn, IA
$5,000 2017 May 27 West Virginia Three Rivers Festival Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship West Virginia Three Rivers Festival Fairmont, WV
$2,000 2017 Jun 2 The Salvation Army National Donut Day World Donut Eating Championship Santa Monica Place Santa Monica, CA
$4,000 2017 Jun 4 The Baked Bear World Ice-Cream Sandwich Eating Championship Park at the Park San Diego, CA
$1,750 2017 Jun 4 Acme World Oyster-Eating Championship New Orleans Oyster Festival New Orleans, LA
$4,000 2017 Jun 9 Ribfest Chicago’s RIBMANIA Eating Championship Ribfest Chicago, IL
$20,000 2017 Jul 4 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – men Nathan’s Famous Brooklyn, NY
$20,000 2017 Jul 4 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – women Nathan’s Famous Brooklyn, NY
$17,500 2017 Jul 10 Hooters World Wing Eating Championship Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas, NV
$3,000 2017 Jul 15 The World Slugburger Eating Championship Slugburger Festival Corinth, MS
$4,000 2017 Jul 29 Fresno Tacos World Taco-Eating Championship Taco Truck Throwndown Fresno, CA
$4,000 2017 Aug 12 The Tioga Downs World Chicken Spiedie Eating Championship Tioga Downs Nichols, NY
$4,000 2017 Aug 13 World Ice Cream Eating Championship Indiana State Fair Indianapolis, IN
$4,000 2017 Aug 13 Kale Yeah! The World’s Healthiest Eating Championship Erie County Fair Hamburg, NY
$5,000 2017 Aug 19 The Chacho’s World Taco Eating Contest Chacho’s Taco Festival San Jose, CA
$3,875 2017 Aug 19 The Snowbird Bratwurst Eating Championship Oktoberfest @ Snowbird Snowbird, UT
$6,000 2017 Aug 26 Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship Nisei Week Festival Los Angeles, CA
$1,750 2017 Sep 2 Buffalo Buffet Bowl Buffalo Wing Festival Buffalo, NY
$5,000 2017 Sep 3 U.S. National Buffalo Wing Eating Championship Buffalo Wing Festival Buffalo, NY
$4,000 2017 Sep 10 Baconfest World Bacon Eating Championship Baconfest at Dell’Osso Family Farm Lathrop, CA
$3,500 2017 Sep 17 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati World Bratwurst-Eating Championship Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Cincinnati, OH
$4,000 2017 Sep 23 The White Hut World Cheeseburg Eating Championship The Big E West Springfield, MA
$4,000 2017 Sep 30 Trenton Thunder World Famous Case’s Pork Roll Eating Championship Trenton Thunder ballpark Trenton, NJ
$3,500 2017 Sep 30 Western Days Festival World Tamale Eating Championship Western Days Festival Lewisville, TX
$5,000 2017 Oct 8 Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship Giant Pumpkin Festival Elk Grove, CA
$6,000 2017 Oct 14 World Poutine Eating Championship – pros Yonge-Dundas Square Toronto, ON, Canada
$4,000 2017 Oct 14 The Bass Pro Shops World MoonPie Eating Championship Bass Pro Shops Pyramid Memphis, TN
$4,000 2017 Oct 21 Siegi’s World Championship Bratwurst Eating Contest Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa, OK
$5,000 2017 Nov 4 Fortune Bay World Indian Taco Eating Championship Fortune Bay Casino Resort Tower, MN
$3,000 2017 Dec 2 World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail-Eating Championship The Meijer Tail Greater Party On Georgia St Indianapolis, IN

Total: $198,475

Comments (12)


  1. Not seiken said

    July 10, 2018 @ 12:36 pm

    Brian should not comment on this thread since his lifetime earnings from MLE is 0 dollars

  2. Not Goldstein said

    July 10, 2018 @ 1:40 pm

    Seiken made more money in one poker tournament in 2015 than Goldstein made in his entire competitive eating career

  3. Anonymous said

    July 10, 2018 @ 2:30 pm

    In the entirety of existence?!
    Move the decimal point over THREE spots and then cut it in half.

  4. Not seiken said

    July 10, 2018 @ 3:02 pm

    Who gives a shit what seiken made in poker and what Goldstein did in his career

  5. Anonymous said

    July 10, 2018 @ 3:45 pm

    thousand not million.

  6. anonymous said

    July 10, 2018 @ 6:14 pm

    Rumor has it Seiken lost all his money playing online poker so he has to work triple over time in the postal morgue so he can pay his roach rent.

  7. anonymous said

    July 11, 2018 @ 1:50 am

    Seiken isnt that stupid If he going to lose his money playing poker it wont be online

  8. Anonymous said

    July 11, 2018 @ 7:34 pm

    So who’s governing MLE? It seems they can do whatever they want without their validity ever being questioned? You know like spewing out numbers that never happened. Twenty years and this many errors and miscues. I think its time for some fresh air to be let in.

  9. anonymous said

    July 12, 2018 @ 2:08 am

    Exactly 734 They can make up all kinds of figures so they come off smelling like roses. The same way they plant banners in hands of random fans saying shit like “Sonya marry me” “Joey we love you ” This is all about stealth marketing

  10. anonymous said

    July 13, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

    Which Goldstein did Seiken make more than because if I recall correctly, one Goldstein won a very expensive vehicle on top of some cash.

  11. anonymous said

    July 13, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

    Allen Goldstein he made shit

  12. anonymous said

    July 15, 2018 @ 7:17 am

    i am so glad that stupid Nathans contest is over. It is redundant it is sickening and disgusting.

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