LAS VEGAS - The event that everyone has been working towards all season is taking place in Las Vegas this week at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The richest bull-riding event in the world has a $2.2 million purse, including a $1 million bonus to the 2012 PBR World Champion, who also receives the coveted World Champion buckle.
The PBR World Champion is determined by the most Built Ford Tough Series points earned throughout the regular season and the World Finals.
Silvano Alves is looking to become the first back-to-back champion in history.
Adriano Moraes won the first title in 1994, and became the first two-time winner in 2001. He became the only three-time winner in 2006. The other two-time World Champions are Chris Shivers (2000 and 2003) and Justin McBride (2005 and 2007).
Here is a complete list of PBR World Champions:
2011 - Silvano Alves
2010 - Renato Nunes
2009 - Kody Lostroh
2008 - Guilherme Marchi
2007 - Justin McBride
2006 - Adriano Moraes
2005 - Justin McBride
2004 - Mike Lee
2003 - Chris Shivers
2002 - Ednei Caminhas
2001 - Adriano Moraes
2000 - Chris Shivers
1999 - Cody Hart
1998 - Troy Dunn
1997 - Michael Gaffney
1996 - Owen Washburn
1995 - Tuff Hedeman
1994 - Adriano Moraes
WORLD FINALS WINNERS:
The Built Ford Tough World Finals event winner is determined by the highest aggregate score after all rounds of competition. Only two riders have won the World Finals average and World Championship in the same season - Renato Nunes in 2010 and Mike Lee in 2004.
Here is a complete list of PBR World Finals Event Winners:
2011 - Robson Palermo
2010 - Renato Nunes
2009 - J.B. Mauney
2008 - Robson Palermo
2007 - Wiley Petersen
2006 - L.J. Jenkins
2005 - Guilherme Marchi
2004 - Mike Lee
2003 - Jody Newberry
2002 - J.W. Hart
2001 - Luke Snyder
2000 - Tater Porter
1999 - Ty Murray
1998 - Reed Corder
1997 - Troy Dunn
1996 - Ronny Kitchens
1995 - Troy Dunn
WORLD CHAMPION CONTENDERS:
For the second year in a row Silvano Alves arrives in Las Vegas the No. 1 ranked bull rider in the world standings. He has a 505-point advantage over Valdiron de Oliveira and 1,145.25 points over L.J. Jenkins.
Guilherme Marchi and J.B. Mauney are 1,531.5 and 1,567.5 off the pace, while Austin Meier is 2,077.25 points behind Alves.
There are 5,500 possible points available at the World Finals, as the winner of the event will receive 2,500 points and each of the six round wins is worth 400 points plus the ride score.
The Finals winner receives 2,500 BFTS points and $250,000, while second-place receives 2,250 points. Riders placing between third and 10th receive points on a graduated scale down to 250.
Renato Nunes entered the 2010 World Finals in third place; 1,300.75 points behind Meier. Nunes rode his first five bulls at World Finals, ending the competition 5-for- 6, and earned 4,369 points, including 2,500 as the Event Finals winner, to win the World Championship.
He finished in the Top 5 in the first five rounds, including first place in Round 3.
Silvano Alves moved into the top spot in the Built Ford Tough Series standings after a fifth-place finish in Springfield. L.J. Jenkins was ranked first for the two weeks prior.
Valdiron de Oliveira held the top spot for eight straight events and 12 times in the first 21 events. J.B. Mauney was the top-ranked rider for seven weeks, including six weeks in a row, and was ranked first or second for 10 weeks in a row.
Here are the top-ranked riders for 2012 with their BFTS points
Week 1 - Cody Nance (172.75 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 2 - Valdiron de Oliveira (396.25 points ahead of Cody Nance)
Week 3 - Valdiron de Oliveira (80.25 points ahead of Austin Meier)
Week 4 - Valdiron de Oliveira (127.75 points ahead of Austin Meier)
Week 5 - J.B. Mauney (214.75 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 6 - J.B. Mauney (39.25 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 7 - J.B. Mauney (279.5 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 8 - J.B. Mauney (475.25 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 9 - J.B. Mauney (487.75 ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 10 - J.B. Mauney (393 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 11 - J.B. Mauney (48.75 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 12 - Valdiron de Oliveira (64.75 points ahead of J.B. Mauney)
Week 13 - J.B. Mauney (101.25 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 14 - Valdiron de Oliveira (437.25 points ahead of J.B. Mauney)
Week 15 - Valdiron de Oliveira (563 points ahead of J.B. Mauney)
Week 16 - Valdiron de Oliveira (1,167.25 points ahead of Silvano Alves)
Week 17 - Valdiron de Oliveira (497.75 points ahead of Silvano Alves)
Week 18 - Valdiron de Oliveira (654 points ahead of Silvano Alves)
Week 19 - Valdiron de Oliveira (632 points ahead of L.J. Jenkins)
Week 20 - Valdiron de Oliveira (959.5 points ahead of L.J. Jenkins)
Week 21 - Valdiron de Oliveira (517.50 points ahead of L.J. Jenkins)
Week 22 - L.J. Jenkins (45.75 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 23 - L.J. Jenkins (132.25 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 24 - Silvano Alves (241.75 points ahead of L.J. Jenkins)
Week 25 - Silvano Alves (735.50 points ahead of L.J. Jenkins)
Week 26 - Silvano Alves (851.25 points ahead of L.J. Jenkins)
Week 27 - Silvano Alves (879.25 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
Week 28 - Silvano Alves (505 points ahead of Valdiron de Oliveira)
The Power Rankings measure rider efficiency using a variety of statistics including, but not limited to, wins, riding percentage, scores, and bulls. Here are the PBR Power Rankings for the last five BFTS events (Springfield, Tampa, Greensboro, Philadelphia, and Columbus).
1. Emilio Resende 92.09
2. J.B. Mauney 86.31
3. Austin Meier 85.21
4. Guilherme Marchi 84.81
5. Valdiron de Oliveira 84.19
6. Mike Lee 83.93
7. Fabiano Vieira 83.31
8.Cody Nance 83.31
9. Cody Johnson 83.26
10. Shane Proctor 81.37
11. Silvano Alves 81.32
12. Stormy Wing 80.62
13. Marco Eguchi 80.57
14. Ben Jones 80.04
15. Harve Stewart 80.04
16. Ty Pozzobon 76.57
17. Jared Farley 72.38
18. Robson Palermo 69.71
19. Renato Nunes 69.71
20. Brendon Clark 68.57
WORLD CHAMPION BULL CONTENDERS:
The seven finalists for the 2012 World Champion Bull are defending champion Bushwacker, who was chosen by the world's best bull riders for the third straight year; last year's runner-up Asteroid, Buckey, David's Dream, Lightmaker.com's Rango, Rock & Roll and Smackdown.
Asteroid, Bushwacker, David's Dream, Lightmaker.com's Rango, and Smackdown were selected in voting by the Top 35 bull riders in the world. Buckey and Rock & Roll were chosen by PBR livestock director Cody Lambert, who is also a PBR co-founder and Ring of Honor member.
The 2012 World Champion Bull will be the bull who accumulates the highest total bull score on two trips during the World Finals, which take place in Round 1 on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon during the Championship Round.
The winner will be announced on Oct. 28 after the final round of competition.
Here is a complete list of past winners:
2011 - Bushwacker
2010 - Bones
2009 - Code Blue
2008 - Bones
2007 - Chicken on a Chain
2006 - Mossy Oak Mudslinger
2005 - Big Bucks
2004 - Little Yellow Jacket
2003 - Little Yellow Jacket
2002 - Little Yellow Jacket
2001 - Dillinger
2000 - Dillinger
1999 - Promise Land
1998 - Moody Blues
1997 - Panhandle Slim
1996 - Baby Face
1995 - Bodacious
TOP-SCORING BULLS IN 2012:
Here are the bulls that have received the Pabst Blue Ribbon Bull Award, presented to the high-marked bull at each Built Ford Tough Series event in 2012:
5 - Asteroid (Anaheim, Atlanta, Des Moines, Nashville,
5 - Bushwacker (Kansas City, Tulsa, San Antonio, Thackerville, Springfield)
4 - Smackdown (Sacramento, Oklahoma City, Detroit, Billings)
3 - Buckey (Portland, Arlington, Billings)
3 - Lightmaker.com's Rango (Glendale, Uncasville, Columbus)
2 - RMEF Gunpowder & Lead (Baltimore, Albuquerque)
1 - Big Spread (Indianapolis)
1 - Carrillo Cartel (New York)
1 - Chocolate Thunder (Billings)
1 - Delco (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls)
1 - Gray Squirrel (Pueblo)
1 - RFD-HD (Greensboro)
1 - Rockie Smooth (Nampa)
1 - Shepherd Hills Tested (Houston)
RIDER RELIEF FUND:
As in years past, the Rider Relief Fund will be holding several fundraising events throughout the week. The next event is a benefit luncheon on Friday afternoon at Del Frisco's with a social hour beginning at 11 a.m.
On Saturday night, beginning at 11 p.m., they will be hosting another benefit co-sponsored by PBR Rock Bar and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Attendees can purchase a special "Bull Cup" at the PBR Rockbar booth in the Fan Zone, and you will receive unlimited Pabst Blue Ribbon for 2 hours on Saturday night starting at 11pm.
The Rider Relief Fund also has limited edition merchandise underwritten by Cooper Tires. Among the items for sale include 250 collectible posters available for $10 each and a 2012 keepsake t-shirt available $15 a piece or two for $25.
For detailed information, log onto www.riderrelief.com.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast Rounds 1 and 2 live at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Oct. 25. There will be an encore airing of Round 1 at 1 a.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 25, and an encore airing of Round 2 at 1 a.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 26.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast Rounds 3 and 4 live at 9 a.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be an encore airing of Round 3 at 12:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 27, and an encore airing of Round 4 at 12:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 28.
NBC will broadcast Championship Sunday, comprised of Round 5 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play, and color commentary will be provided by nine-time World Champion and PBR co-founder Ty Murray. Two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride and PBR Ring of Honor member J.W. Hart will work behind the chutes, while Leah Garcia (Wed. thru Sat.) and Marty Snider (Thur. thru Sun.) will handle dirt-level interviews.
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