Indiana Approves Gambling On DraftKings’ Halloween Eating Bowl Event

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Good news for Indiana sports bettors: Effective immediately, the Indiana Gaming Commission has approved wagering on the inaugural DraftKings Halloween Eating Bowl in Las Vegas, where six of the world’s top competitive eaters will be racing to see who can scarf down up to six pounds of candy in six minutes.

The event, which has DraftKings teaming up with Major League Eating, will be broadcast live on DraftKing’s YouTube and Twitch pages Halloween night at 7:30 p.m.

The event is headlined by Joey Chestnut, the reigning king of competitive eating, and he’s been installed as a -110 favorite. Other competitors include Geoffrey Esper (+160), Darron Breeden, (+600), Nick Wehry (+700), Matt Stonie (+1400), and Miki Sudo (+1500).

Rules that will scare you stiff

The rules for the competition are as straightforward as they are scary: Six rounds, a minute each, and each competitor will try and eat up to a pound of – in order – candy corn, Kit Kats, M&Ms, Milky Ways, Snickers, and Mini Reese’s.

This is the second competitive eating contest the IGC has allowed betting on, with the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest already sanctioned by state casino gambling regulators.

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The inaugural DraftKings Halloween Eating Bowl is taking place on the streets of Las Vegas, outside the famed Bellagio fountains. And this is but part one of a three-part holiday competition. Come Thanksgiving, there will be a full Thanksgiving meal eating contest, and Super Bowl weekend will bring a Super Bowl-themed eating showdown.

Gambling on those events isn’t yet approved by the Hoosier State.

In addition to Indiana bettors being able to wager on the outcome of the event, DraftKings is also running a free-to-play pool with $10,000 in prizes.

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Jeff Edelstein

Jeff is a veteran journalist, working as a columnist for The Trentonian newspaper in Trenton, NJ for a number of years. He's also an avid sports bettor and DFS player. He can be reached at jedelstein@bettercollective.com.

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