Yasir Salem, Larell Marie win 2015 Pocono qualifier

update WNEP has an article and video. Larell Marie’s TV appearance yesterday is on youtube.

Official results part 1 | part 2 | part 3

1) Yasir Salem 29
2) George Chiger 17
3T) Carmen Cincotti 13 (women’s wild card runner-up if female)
3T) Dave “The Termite” Wood 13
5) “Snack” Jack Diamond 12
6T) Ryan “The Abyss” Siciliano 11.5
6T) “Wild” Bill Myers 11.5
8) Michael Dietz

1W) Larell Marie Mele 14
update Dave Wood reports that Yasir Salem won the men’s contest

Expected entrants: Yasir Salem, Dave “The Termite” Wood, Ryan “The Abyss” Siciliano, Larell Marie Mele, The Artist formely known as Brian Seiken.

Current wild card standings

2014 Sep 28 2nd 27.5 10 min David “The Termite” Wood Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Dover, DE
2015 Apr 25 2nd 27 10 min Steve Hendry Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2015 Apr 25 3rd 26 10 min Rich “The Locust” LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Las Vegas, NV
2014 Sep 28 3rd 23 10 min Micah “Wing Kong” Collins Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Dover, DE
2015 Apr 25 2nd 14 10 min Carlene LeFevre Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Las Vegas, NV

Previous winners

2014 Jun 7 1st 28 10 min Marcos “The Monster” Owens Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – men Long Pond, PA
2014 Jun 7 1st 27.5 10 min “The Lovely” Juliet Lee Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier – women Long Pond, PA

Comments (49)


  1. Anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

    I’ve read Dave Wood’s tweets. I would love to hear HOW and WHY he only ate 13. Thirteen is 1 a minute. It’s the number half of all first time male eaters reach. Dave, I’m not antagonizing you, but please explain.

  2. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    June 7, 2015 @ 2:13 pm

    Nice job everyone. Congrats Yasir for securing your place. I am thrillllllled to get to go to Coney again. Amazing job by 2nd place newcomer George Chiger

  3. anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

    143 very simple. Previous contest bad judging extra plates does not get much better than that

  4. ThetermiteWood said (Registered July 20, 2014)

    June 7, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    The moral of the story is I ate like total shit. I got caught up in the moment and atmosphere and just got away from my training. I had 4 empty plates in front of me but I was told I still only ate 13. I’m not trying to make excuses I ate like shit and deserved to get embarrassed. Yasir kicked ass and I got crushed plain and simple. I’ll put up a much better showing at the next qualifier I decide to go to.

  5. Anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 3:43 pm

    4 empty plates and only getting credit for 13. Could you really have had 7 HDB worth of debris or maybe George Shea really wanted Yasir to win? HMMMMMMMMMMMM.

  6. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    June 7, 2015 @ 3:43 pm

    Dave you’re a good guy, we all have contests we’d like to be do-overs….this was an awful day for me. You’ll do great your next one….was nice meeting u!

  7. ThetermiteWood said (Registered July 20, 2014)

    June 7, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

    No I’m not taking anything way from Yasir he did awesome. He ate 29 and I def didn’t eat that much. He won fair and fair and like I said he deserves that seat at coney way more then me. Let’s not forget I’m new to this and clearly I did something leading up to today that was a mistake. I’m not making excuses I sucked bad today and deserve any hate I’m going to get on this site.

  8. anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 5:16 pm

    Dave i hear that Seiken was secretly rooting for you

  9. anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 7:09 pm

    If Wild Bill only ate 11.5 those dogs must have tasted like shit. Eaters should request that cold dogs get placed back on the grill so they don’t get sick

  10. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    June 7, 2015 @ 7:16 pm

    Dave, no hate is deserved no matter how you feel your performance was. Carmen is a male eater.

  11. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    June 7, 2015 @ 7:20 pm

    There was also another young man who ate 7; don’t remember his name Herrero perhaps.

  12. anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 7:26 pm

    Yasir Salem is a legit contender and solid eater unlike his sore losing opponent in the 2012 Charlotte contest who bitched and moaned that he got the shaft job Aww . If you think i am shittin you, read below

    Shredder fan said June 16,2012 @ 1:57pm

  13. anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

    Termite what you meant was the judges screwed up your totals in the last contest but this time they got it right

  14. Anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 7:48 pm

    Hey I’m not here to argue I ate like shit today and if u think 13 hdb is the real me that’s fair, but you will be proved wrong. I was terrible today and there’s no excuses for that but I’ll show everyone that Dover wasn’t a fluke at all.

  15. Anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 8:07 pm

    Termite, the only one who wants 13 HDB to be real is that Seiken creep because that’s his personal best including lots of debris, with 11 being a more accurate total. Hit your next qualifier hard, you practically have the WC in your pocket. 30 should do the trick to get you to Coney. Good luck.

  16. anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 8:33 pm

    I hear that ESPN 3 is not picking up the woman contest this year like anyone watched it on the internet It has been downgraded to a George Shea periscope

  17. anonymous said

    June 7, 2015 @ 11:03 pm

    This entire site is turning into a comical zoo.

  18. # man said

    June 8, 2015 @ 5:23 am

    You know how you know Dave “Tiny Termite” is a whiner? Every eater knows his number, yet Dave says “4 empty plates”, what he meant was “2 empty plates and one with 2 dogs on it”. Come on man, we all have bad days, but to blame the judges when you still would lose by 10+ HDBs is lame.

  19. Anonymous said

    June 8, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    Haha what do you people want me to say?! I ate terribly, I’m not making excuses or whining I got smoked yesterday. There’s no if ands or buts I got killed yesterday. How is there so much hate?! I messed up I get it but fuck some of you guys are relentless and will never put your name by your comment at least.

  20. snack jack said (Registered February 8, 2010)

    June 8, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    Dogs were no doubt the coldest and chewiest I’ve run into.
    Disappointed in my total but gratified in the competitors I beat.

  21. anonymous said

    June 8, 2015 @ 3:34 pm

    You guys are so desperate for a fuckin meal that you dont mind poisen your intestines with cold hot dogs?

  22. KevinRoss said

    June 8, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

    To David Wood, I haven’t followed your eating work, but I noticed you seem a bit worried about the hate. Since you are a newcomer, just be aware that the few loud voices just trying to take the piss out of you don’t represent people as a whole. There is “trolls” for anything where people put themselves out there. The fact is, if someone actually hates you because of their perceived lack of your competitive eating skills, they must not have a lot going on in their lives. Competitive eating is a sport to some, but in the end is a silly competition. It doesn’t define one’s character or life. People that put too much self worth into competitive eating (or any hobby/activity/sport they might do) I think are a bit mentally ill. Just have fun and try to improve over time. That is simply all you can do! Anybody who wants to be a dick about things, that is their deal.

  23. anonymous said

    June 9, 2015 @ 9:59 am

    I don’t see the Termite in the MLE rankings. With a very respectable 27.5 HDB, he deserves to be in the top 30. That would push Tableenderkin to #47 and one step closer to his upcoming nervous breakdown.

  24. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    June 9, 2015 @ 12:38 pm

    Comments about people who did not compete Sunday have been moved to


  25. anonymous said

    June 9, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    Unlike the rest of the field who stay tight lipped when it comes to adverse conditions affecting the dogs at Nathans events, snack jack stepped to the plate and shoots straight from the hip. I would bet that more than one eater complained about the taste of the hot dogs after the contest but would never post anything of the sort on this site

  26. Anonymous said

    June 9, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    @12:42 – because you DON’T bash the sponsor! If you don’t think the sponsors don’t read blogs like this, you’re mistaken.
    Without the sponsors, we don’t have competitive eating. So STFU, and deal with the food placed in front of you.

    Or just don’t compete.

  27. anonymous said

    June 9, 2015 @ 1:38 pm

    Correct, just deal with the food in front of you and when you eat 11 hotdogs you can blame the weather.

  28. carmencincotti said (Registered June 10, 2015)

    June 9, 2015 @ 9:34 pm

    not female. I’m lining up at the government agency tomorrow to change the name to something more manly like Stewart or… Tim.

  29. tell it like it is said

    June 10, 2015 @ 2:49 am

    Let me tell you about the Nathans hotdogs..Ive been to atleast 7 quaifiers and can tell you this.
    1 When the powers to be want someone to win, they win.Try to win with a rubberdog,say total will be 8 – 12 dogs
    2Try eating dog that stayed out in the sun to long—-bun turns to paste and uneatable—maybe 12 dogs+
    3 Then try to eat the same hotdogs the middle 4 will get..COOKED TO PERFECTION.. ——25+ DOGS.
    4 By putting people in certain spots, they being the powers to be know who will win..

    5 Same be said with the rib contest , all plates are weighed so the contest should be equal, YOU THINK..The powers to be will make sure there pickes will get the meat on the bones while others just get bones…Great being in MLE

  30. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 9:32 am

    FYI… The very worst prepared hotdogs are the ones served at the finals.

  31. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 9:57 am

    how would you know 9:32, you never competed at the finals and never will.

  32. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    Wow 248 very interesting . Something that i might have known all along but totally forgot about it Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Funny you mentioned placing . I remember a wing contest a while back where a certain individual was told “uh no you are in the wrong spot .Please move over one ” If that’s not a giveaway then some are as dumb as they look As far as the finals i always thought it was just the opposite thinking the dogs are grilled to perfection in the finals . I guessed wrong . I commend tell it like it is for speaking up . No need to post real names in a topic of this nature because it’s not a bashing thread but more along the lines of opinionated feedback . Preparing perfect dogs for pre determined winners is just downright corrupt . Zero tolerance in that regard

  33. Anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    Sad but true competitive is anything but a real true fact holding sport. CLC is proof of that at least a dozen times.

  34. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    Funny you mentioned that tell it like it is . You never ever hear the winner of Nathans qualifier complain how bad the dogs were

  35. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    1242 let me get this clear. The sponsor has every right to serve us poison yet we have no right to express our opinion or let alone allow these actions to continue because they are the god all mighty sponsor ? Deal with it and eat the dogs in front of you no matter how shitty they taste? You are a slave to the organization and a total ass if you want my opinion and NO the sponsors do not visit this blog. You give it more credit than it deserves. Its people like YOU that are reason why cold dogs cold chilli and other food categories are left to ferment in the hot sun or freezing cold

  36. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    One solution MC cut back on redundant boring 1 to 2hr monologue prior to the contest so the dogs won’t sit there rotting in the sun. Even the dog are crying for them to STFU and be eaten

  37. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 10:59 am

    I doubt Chestnut would eat 69 if the dogs were cold and nasty tasting He would still win and put up high 50 or more but not even close to 69

  38. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 11:34 am

    I hear that 1056. George Shea bringing up names of yesteryear like Hardy Krachie Lerman Krazy Kev Nakajima makes no sense. The crowd hasn’t a clue as to who they are nor do they care and what is more hilarious is the fact that none of the names mentioned are even present At least Rich cuts to the quick and gets the contest rollin

  39. Less talking more eating said

    June 10, 2015 @ 11:40 am

    The redundant yapping by announcers and horrendous soundtracks might have been one of the reasons why Matt Stonie was sick as a dog on his plane ride back home from Texas after a tamale contest several years ago. The tamale were fermenting in 96 degree heat while this Keating dude rambled on for at least an hour . I nearly missed my flight back home because of it and the next flight wasn’t until the following evening

  40. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 11:43 am

    932 is not who you think it is you DICK Maybe you should stop pointing fingers at one individual and request some IP locations to prove you wrong as always

  41. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    There are some that eat clean and don’t have to live with the fact that they cheated their way to either pad their totals move up in the rankings or win outright. Janus , Morgan Lesco Wild Bill Nasty Nate Erik Red Humble Bob are just a few names that do not have the “cheating aspect” attached to them . Unfortunate others will always have some kind of cheat tag or messy plate tag attached to their resume and those names include Sonya, Conti Goldsteins and Subich , Sonya debris tag was brought to surface only recently by either the #4 ranked eater or her entourage but then again it becomes a matter of opinion when observing her plates .

  42. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 11:57 am

    Rhonda Evans knows who the cheaters and non cheaters are because she attends all MLE events and is an expert on every eater ranked in the organization

  43. Anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 1:20 pm

    Let’s not forget juliet, badlands, Davekos, kobayashi and other sloppy eaters past and present. Everybody is a little messy at times. It comes with the intensity of the sport. Hasn’t this neat vs messy argument been worn out over the years? Zzzzzzzzzz

  44. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

    Forgot about Juliet and Badlands Can’t speak for Davekos though. Badlands & Kobe can get away with the mess pile on their plates because most of the time they eat more than the mess like Badlands could finish with 36 dogs not counting debris but 30 clean when smoke clears . Juliet was the queen of debris but the tag seems to have died out over the years or maybe nobody keeping a close eye on her plates lately

  45. tell it like it is said

    June 10, 2015 @ 6:17 pm

    I competed in a contest next to Juliet and could swear her bathing suite top went from a B cup to DD , When I complained to the powers to be at the contest I was told to let it go.

  46. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 7:26 pm

    Let it go? Lmao. One thing to screw over a fellow eater when shooting for personal best in stats but its another when you cost them prize money

  47. anonymous said

    June 10, 2015 @ 7:50 pm

    Juliet led all mudpile builders in 2009 .Definitely her year

  48. Uh huh said

    June 10, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

    Maybe you should stop staring at her boobs and focus on eating, bs dude. When were women competing bathing suit tops anyway? In your dreams?

  49. bellybuster said

    June 11, 2015 @ 1:49 pm

    I was at that contest and the meatball sause was comming through her blue bathing suite top. You couldnt help noticing that.

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