PUEBLO, Colo. ― 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 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 back-to-back days on CBS, Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, from 4-6 p.m. ET. Virtually 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 now and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800 745 3000. They range in price 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 Last Cowboy Standing in Detroit.
The Last Cowboy Standing begins Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. and, for the only time this season, the event features the Top 50 bull riders in the world. 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 will 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 BFTS buck-off streak at 39, and Asteroid as the reigning PBR World Champion, this feat will be anything but easy. Austin Meier, this year's Iron Cowboy, has been faced with the challenge of riding these bulls.
"All I had to do in Arlington was ride Bushwacker longer than L.J. (Jenkins) rode Asteroid in order to win the Iron Cowboy title this year," Meier said. "I managed to last one half of a second longer. If I had had to ride him for the full 8 seconds to win, I might not be the Iron Cowboy."
Including the potential Monster Energy Money Bull bonus of $80,000, nearly $200,000 awaits one resilient cowboy.
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