Last Cowboy Standing Bucks Into Mandalay Bay Events Center May 9 – 10

Bushwacker To Compete In The First of His Last Two Las Vegas Appearances 

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LAS VEGAS (April 24, 2014) ? Mandalay Bay Events Center welcomes the Professional Bull Riders back to Las Vegas May 9 – 10 for the 4th Annual Last Cowboy Standing, part of the 2014 Built Ford Tough Series. Tickets are now on sale, starting at $20, and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.mandalaybay.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or in person at the Mandalay Bay ticket office.
 
Last Cowboy Standing kicks off Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and continues Saturday, May 10 at 6 p.m. The toughest bull riders in the sport will go up against their four-legged opponents at more than 10 times their weight, as one-by-one they are eliminated until only a single man remains.
 
The format is as follows:  the Top 50 bull riders in the world – the largest field ever on the BFTS – will tackle the rankest bucking bulls in the industry, striving to make the 8-second buzzer. If a rider stays on his bull for the required 8 seconds, he continues to compete. If he gets bucked off, he is finished. The cowboys will continue to ride until the end of the night when the “Last Cowboy Standing” will be declared the winner and take home a check for $100,000.
 
For the past two years, two-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves has been crowned the Last Cowboy Standing. He will attempt to defend his title again this year riding alongside current No. 1 ranked bull rider and 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi, 2004 World Champion Mike Lee, reigning World Champion J.B. Mauney, rookies Gage Gay and Tanner Byrne, as well as Nevada native Markus Mariluch. With a total event purse of $170,000 up for grabs, these men will be holding on for dear life to earn their share of the pot.
 
In addition to great bull riders competing in Las Vegas, two-time PBR World Champion Bull Bushwacker, arguably the greatest PBR bull of all time, will make the first of his last two Las Vegas appearances during the two-day event.  In 2013, he was joined by other bovine talent including 2012 World Champion Bull Asteroid, as well as Smackdown, Shepherd Hills Tested and Rango.
 
Last Cowboy Standing is the last stop of the first half on the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The season will conclude in Las Vegas with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals on Oct. 22-26 when the 2014 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most total points during the 2014 season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.
 
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.
 
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The world’s premier bull riding organization, the PBR, turns 21 in 2014. In just two decades, the dream of 20 bull riders has become a global sports phenomenon with PBR broadcasts reaching more than half a billion households in 50 nations and territories around the world, and more than 2.5 million fans attending live events each year. PBR has paid out more than $130 million in earnings to its athletes, 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.

 
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Media Contacts:
 
For the Professional Bull Riders:
Jordan Marie Johnson, Manager of Public Relations
(719) 242-2800, ext. 3258
 
For Mandalay Bay:
Katharine Sherrer, Public Relations Manager
(702) 891-1815

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