PUEBLO, Colo., March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- At $10,000 per second for an 8-second ride, the world's toughest cowboy will not only be crowned in Las Vegas, he'll get paid.
Mandalay Bay Events Center welcomes the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) to Las Vegas, May 10 -11 for the third annual Last Cowboy Standing – the bull riding event where the only thing that matters is riding for 8 seconds. The format is simple: if a rider stays on his bull until the 8-second buzzer, he moves on. If he gets bucked off, he's done. At the end of the night, the survivor of the fittest will be the Last Cowboy Standing.
A PBR first, the Last Cowboy Standing will air on CBS Network Television on two days back-to-back, Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 from 4-6 p.m. ET. Every ride from the Top 50 bull riders in the world will be featured as they attempt to master the fiercest bucking bulls in the country. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks as these men risk it all to make a qualified ride against their two-ton opponents during this action-packed, two-day event.
Tickets for the Last Cowboy Standing are on sale and and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Prices range from $20 to $125.
Luke Snyder returns to the Events Center where he captured the first Last Cowboy Standing event title in 2011. After outlasting his competitors through three consecutive rides, he was awarded the $100,000 top prize.
"It was tough," Snyder said. "I didn't know how many rides I would have to make that day in order to win, but I was determined to give it everything I had to stay on my bulls. I wanted that title and this year I want to reclaim it. Only one man can be the last cowboy standing and I intend to be in the running."
In 2012, Silvano Alves won the title at the Detroit Last Cowboy Standing event.
The Last Cowboy Standing begins Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. and, for the only time this season, features the Top 50 bull riders in the world including Snyder, current No. 1 bull rider Shane Proctor; 2013 Iron Cowboy Austin Meier; five former PBR World Champions: Alves (2012, 2011), Renato Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008), and Mike Lee (2004); fan favorites J.B. Mauney and L.J. Jenkins; and young guns Chase Outlaw, Ryan Dirteater and Jory Markiss.
It's the best-of-the-best facing off until one man rises to the top of the heap.
Challenging the riders in the second elimination round on Saturday will be PBR World Champion Bulls Bushwacker (2011) and Asteroid (2012), the Monster Energy Money Bulls of the event. Two riders have to make it through the terrible twosome to claim the event title and could earn an additional $80,000 bonus for overpowering either of these foes. With Bushwacker holding the PBR record for his buck-off streak at 39 cowboys, and Asteroid as reigning PBR World Champion, this feat will be anything but easy. 2013 Iron Cowboy Austin Meier has been faced with the challenge of riding these bulls.
At $10,000 per second, these men will try to hang on to win the Monster Energy Money Bull bonus of $80,000. Adding that to the $100,000 purse for the overall event winner, nearly $200,000 awaits one resilient cowboy.
The Last Cowboy Standing is the 17th of 26 events taking place in 18 states on the Built Ford Tough Series this season. The series culminates at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals October 23-27 at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The season's best bull riders compete to claim the ultimate prize, the PBR World Champion's title, a $1 million bonus, a new Ford truck from the series' title sponsor and the coveted PBR World Champion buckle.
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The PBR is the world's premier bull riding organization. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the PBR. In just two decades, the dream of 20 bull riders has become a global sports phenomenon reaching more than half a billion households in 50 nations and territories worldwide. Its primetime programming, produced by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, airs domestically on CBS and CBS Sports Network. More than 2.5 million fans attend live events annually. The PBR has awarded more than $120 million in prize money and 25 riders have earned more than $1 million, including Justin McBride with $5.5 million – the most of any western-sports athlete in history. For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.
About Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is a unique destination resort set on 120 lush acres on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel, with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel-within-a-hotel, offering 424 rooms and suites; and the stand-alone all-suite THEhotel which will be redesigned and rebranded Delano Las Vegas in late 2013. Mandalay Bay boasts an 11-acre tropical pool paradise, featuring real sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. Other property highlights include world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Mandalay Bay's offerings also include BATHHOUSE Spa, House of Blues Concert Hall and restaurant, and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants. In 2013, Mandalay Bay will become home to a resident Cirque du Soleil production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International. For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com or call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook a
Denise Abbott Professional Bull Riders, 719-242-2800 x 3372, firstname.lastname@example.org
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