LAS VEGAS – The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) will make the first of two stops in Las Vegas during its 2015 season on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, when the MGM Resorts Village hosts Last Cowboy Standing brought to you locally by Sonic.
The second PBR Major event this year, Last Cowboy Standing will offer an increased purse and 1.5 times the world points of all other regular-season BFTS events. Up from $170,000 in 2014, the total prize purse this year is $250,000, with the winner receiving a guaranteed $180,000, including the $100,000 Bad Boy Mowers Bonus.
The format is as follows: the Top 50 bull riders in the world – the largest field 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, in up to five rounds of competition, until the “Last Cowboy Standing” will be declared the winner.
Last year, PBR fans watched as 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi claimed the 2014 Last Cowboy Standing title with the high-marked ride of the event, 89.5 points on Rango (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls). Marchi took home $100,000 and regained the No. 1 spot in the PBR world standings at the time of his victory.
Marchi will return to Las Vegas this year to defend his title, alongside fellow PBR World Champions J.B. Mauney (2013) and Mike Lee (2004).
Also expected to compete are 2013 PBR Rookie of the Year Joao Ricardo Vieira, fan favorites Ryan Dirteater, Douglas Duncan, Matt Triplett and Reese Cates, as well as current rookies Kaique Pacheco and Bonner Bolton.
Marchi will face Houla Hoop (Humpz & Hornz) in Round 1 on Friday night, a bovine who has been ridden five times in the 12 outs he has made on the BFTS. Triplett and Dirteater are among the riders who have ridden Houla Hoop.
LL Cool J (Troy Brown), who has a buckoff rate of 77.78 percent, will take on Triplett in the first round of competition, while Vieira will attempt to cover Long Hair (Tyler Farris) who will make his BFTS debut Friday night.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 1 of the Last Cowboy Standing live on Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET. The final rounds will be aired during a two-hour broadcast on CBS Television Network on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The event will also be carried in real-time each night via PBR LIVE located at CarbonTV.com. PBR LIVE is provided at no charge to fans and media.
Last Cowboy Standing is the headlining event of the PBR’s three-day Cowboy Spring Break celebration, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 22, and runs through Sunday, May 24. Surrounded by concerts, pools, water entertainment, volleyball fun, VIP parties and more, Last Cowboy Standing is the central activity taking place within the Monster Energy Cowboy Festival, located in MGM Resorts Village.
Tickets for Last Cowboy Standing are on sale now and can be purchased at all MGM Resorts ticket offices or concierge desks, all Ticketmaster locations, or on-site at the MGM Resorts Village on the day of the event. The event is open to guests of all ages, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets also can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or via phone at (800) 745-3000. A single day of concerts, excitement and the Last Cowboy Standing event is $50 for general admission seats. Exclusive, three-day ticket packages for Cowboy Spring Break, including reserved seating and VIP reserved seating at the Last Cowboy Standing are available for $299 and $449, respectively. Three-day general admission packages also are available for $99.
Special hotel room rates are available at 12 MGM Resorts International destinations and can be booked at resweb.passkey.com/go/EPBRSPRING. For more information about Cowboy Spring Break, visit www.cowboyspringbreak.com.
Last Cowboy Standing is the last stop of the first half of the 2015 PBR Built Ford Tough Series. The season will resume Aug. 7-8 in Biloxi, Mississippi, and will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 21-25 when the 2015 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most points during the 2015 season, will be crowned and receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.
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.
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