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Austin Gamblers Go 2-1 in their Inaugural Homestand, Continue to Hold No. 1 Ranking

AUSTIN, Texas – The Austin Gamblers started off the inaugural PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series Gambler Days with a bang – winning on Friday and Saturday – but on Sunday afternoon, their eight-game winning streak was brought to an end by the Carolina Cowboys in a tense game that went down to the final out. Recording a 2-1 record at their inaugural homestand, the Gamblers finished third in the event and remain in the No. 1 spot of the 2022 season standings. 


Ready to impress the vociferous hometown crowd, the Austin Gamblers were the stars of the show Friday night, winning their seventh consecutive game by defeating the Nashville Stampede, 260.75-87.25. 


On Saturday, the Gamblers again looked virtually unstoppable in putting up three qualified rides to outlast the No. 7 Ariat Texas Rattlers, 252.75-168.5. 


Sunday’s final game for the Gamblers came down to the world’s top two bull riders, and the Carolina Cowboys prevailed, beating the Gamblers by one bull, 174-84.25. 


In the bonus round, the Carolina Cowboys’ Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York), who earlier had knocked down a crucial fifth-frame ride to cement Sunday’s win over the Gamblers, was the sole rider to receive a score. He rode JAG Metals Grand Theft (D&H Cattle Co./Philip Elkins) for 89.25 points, taking first place in the bonus round. The Austin Gamblers’ Head Coach Michael Gaffney selected Lucas Divino (Nova Crixas, Brazil) to take on Mike’s Magic (Five Star Ranch/BS Cattle), bucked off at 6.87 seconds. The Austin Gamblers finished second in the bonus round, earning 7 bonus points.  

The PBR Team Series will next travel to the LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for the fourth team-hosted homestand as the Carolina Cowboys welcome the league for PBR Cowboy Days. The event will be on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:45 p.m. ET, Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6:45 p.m. ET and Sunday, Sept. 11 1:45 p.m. ET. 



The game matchups for the opening night of competition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Sept. 9 are: 

  • Kansas City Outlaws @ Austin Gamblers 
  • Nashville Stampede @ Oklahoma Freedom 
  • Arizona Ridge Riders @ Ariat Texas Rattlers 
  • Missouri Thunder @ Carolina Cowboys  


PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer replays of all the PBR Team Series action from Austin. For a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and launch of the new league, tune in to PBR Team Series: Getting the Job Done, presented by ZipRecruiter, Thursdays on PBR RidePass on Pluto TV at 8:30 p.m. ET, starting Sept. 1. Check for the latest programming schedule.


Ariat Texas Rattlers Earn Their First Win of the PBR Team Series Gambler Days Weekend 

Ariat Texas Rattlers: 252.25 

Nashville Stampede: 0 


B-Roll (Courtesy of PBR): Click here to download. 


AUSTIN, Texas – In the opening game of the last day of competition of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series Gambler Days, two veteran riders knocked down early scores, leading the Ariat Texas Rattlers to dominate the struggling Nashville Stampede, 252.25 – 0. With both teams entering Sunday with an 0-2 record in Austin, this game would be a determining factor avoiding the bottom of the team standings. First out of the chutes for the Stampede was Matt Triplett (Canton, Idaho), who was no match for fast-spinning Jeremiah (Martinez Bucking Bulls), bucked off in 5.06 seconds. In the bottom of the first, 37-year-old Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) came out strong in a textbook ride into his hand aboard John 14:6 (Braswell Buckers), giving the Rattlers an early lead with 85.75 points. After another no-score for the Stampede, Ednei Caminhas (Indaiatuba, Brazil), 3-for-9 on this season unfolding 20 years after he won the PBR World Championship, followed suit with another solid ride for the Rattlers with 80.75 points on War Daddy (TNT Bucking Bulls), putting his team two bulls ahead, 166.5 – 0. Given an option for a re-ride, the team opted to keep the score and go two bulls up. After a scoreless third frame for both teams, the Rattlers looked to secure the victory while the Stampede sought their first qualified ride. In a must-ride situation for the Stampede, Manoelito de Souza Junior (Itamira, Brazil) took on Monkey Blues (M Rafter E/Rockin’ L Bucking Bulls), but was flung down hard at 2.4 seconds, giving the game to the Rattlers, who now focused on adding to their aggregate score. After an equipment failure aboard Twisted Feather, the Rattlers’ Braidy Randolph (Jonestown, Pennsylvania) earned a re-ride opportunity. After Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Ariz.) was bucked off by Carolina Reaper (Universal Pro Rodeo) in 6.36 seconds, the Rattlers brought Daniel Keeping (Gorman, Texas) off the bench for the re-ride against Dr. X (Universal Pro Rodeo/Pepper/Freeman Cattle Co.).He added 85.75 points to the Rattlers’ lead, sealing the deal against the scoreless Nashville Stampede, 252.25-0. With this win, the Ariat Texas Rattlers (4-9) improved to 1-2 at PBR Gambler Days, while the Nashville Stampede (3-10) slipped to 0-3.  


Arizona Ridge Riders Take Victory With One Ride Over Scoreless Kansas City Outlaws 

Arizona Ridge Riders: 84.75 

Kansas City Outlaws: 0 


B-Roll (Courtesy of PBR): Click here to download. 


AUSTIN, Texas – After knocking down eight qualified rides in their first two games in Austin, the Arizona Ridge Riders needed only one ride by Paulo Ferreira Lima (Bezerros, Brazil) to beat the Kansas City Outlaws in game three of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series Gambler Days on Sunday. To open the competition, the Ridge Riders’ Alisson De Souza (Taubate, Brazil) attempted Kid Knapper (Phillips/Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls) and apparently made the requisite 8. However, upon immediate review, it was determined that the Brazilian cowboy touched the bull at 7.75 seconds, turning his efforts into a no-score. Meanwhile, the Outlaws looked to get the first score on the board, but Sam Woodall (Heywood, Australia) came down in a quick 2.04 seconds after Game Over (Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls) lunged forward out of the chute, violently throwing the Australian to the dirt. As the second out for the Ridge Riders and only qualified ride of the game, Ferreira, who had been unsuccessful in four outs this Teams season, got stronger as the seconds ticked by aboard Bobkat (Bob Whisnant/Shaw Cattle Co/Hilton Bull Co) for 84.75 points. Next up for the Outlaws was Kyler Oliver (Roy, Utah) to face Shakira (JR Phillips), who was not cooperative in the chute, giving Oliver a second ride opportunity later on the game. He would be whipsawed down early and stepped on, unable to break the ice for the Outlaws. Two scoreless frames later, the Outlaws were still searching for their first score. With one ride remaining, the Kansas City contingent, down 84.75 – 0, looked to Rafael Henrique dos Santos (Sebastianopolis, Brazil) for one last chance against 14-0 Kingdom (D&H Cattle Co./Futrell). The Brazilian was unable to convert, summarily dumped onto the dirt after a brief 1.91 seconds. With that, the Arizona Ridge Riders (9-4) notched a 3-0 record on the weekend, while the Kansas City Outlaws (5-8) dropped to 1-2 in Austin.  


Oklahoma Freedom Come Out Strong to Upset Missouri Thunder and Finish Fourth at the PBR Team Series Gambler Days in Austin, Texas 

Oklahoma Freedom: 255.75 

Missouri Thunder: 174.5 


B-Roll (Courtesy of PBR): Click here to download. 


AUSTIN, Texas – The Oklahoma Freedom roared out of the gate with qualified rides in the first three frames to upset the Missouri Thunder on the final day of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series Gambler Days in Austin, Texas. Changing up the team’s recent lineup order, the Thunder’s closer Colten Fritzlan (Rifle, Colorado) opened the game. He was matched with Dark Hunt (Martinez Bucking Bulls) but was bucked off shortly after leaving the chute at 3.15 seconds. The Freedom were the first on the scoreboard as Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina) confidently rode Mike’s Motive (Blake Sharp/High Voltage Cattle/American Spirits/Koe Wetzel) for 85.5 points in the bottom of the first. Texas Native Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas) quickly answered with an 88.5-point ride atop Sammy (Dorman/Weaver/Hilton Bull Co), putting the Thunder in the lead. With the intensity rising, the Freedom’s Briggs Madsen (Tremonton, Utah) took matters into his own hands and dominated Newsom (BS Cattle Co/TM Cattle/Twisted Horns) for 85.5 points, giving Oklahoma a 171- 88.5 lead. Entering the third frame, the Thunder looked to Clayton Sellars (Fruitland Park, Florida) to continue their momentum, but Ninja Cowboy (Universal Pro Rodeo) jerked him to the side and threw him down hard on his right arm at 4.42 seconds. Determined to put his team up two bulls in the bottom of the third, Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) rode Tiger (Blake Sharp/Henry Wilson) for 84.75 points for a 255.75 – 88.5 lead for the Freedom. With Oklahoma now 3-for-3 in the game, the Thunder were backed into a must-ride situation. Cody Teel (College Station, Texas) attempted to match Bronco’s Pistol Pete (Bronco’s Bucking Bulls) but was five seconds short of providing the ride necessary to keep the Thunder in the game. After the Freedom’s Casey Roberts (Munford, Alabama) was bucked off Siroucho (Dozier Cattle Co/Martinez Bucking Bulls) at 5.21 seconds, the Thunder’s Adriano Salgado (Batatais, Brazil) made the final score closer by riding Dang, Dang (Braswell Buckers) for a solid 86 points. As the last out for the Freedom, Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) was bucked off Apple Butter (JR Phillips) at 2.02 seconds. But the Oklahoma Freedom had already stolen the show in Game 3, defeating the Missouri Thunder 255.75-174.5. With this win, the Oklahoma Freedom (5-8) improved to 2-1 at PBR Gambler Days, while the Missouri Thunder (7-6) slipped to 0-3 on the weekend. 


Carolina Cowboys Steal the Win and End Austin Gamblers’ Winning Streak During PBR Team Series Gambler Days Homestand 

Carolina Cowboys: 174 

Austin Gamblers: 84.25 


B-Roll (Courtesy of PBR): Click here to download. 


AUSTIN, Texas – In a Championship Sunday showdown between two undefeated PBR (Professional Bull Riders) teams in Austin, the Carolina Cowboys registered a fifth-frame ride to steal the victory against the No. 1-ranked Austin Gamblers during the final game of Gambler Days. Closing out a tense game that came down to the top two bull riders in the world – the Gamblers’ Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) and the Cowboys’ Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) – Swearingen rode his bull while Leme was deemed to have touched his bull for no score, ending the Gamblers’ eight-game winning streak. The Cowboys’ Boudreaux Campbell (Crockett, Texas) started the final game off strong with an 86.5-point score as he rode Thor (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls). Leading off once again for the Gamblers, Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas) moved in perfect rhythm with opponent Big Pokey (Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls) for a solid 84.25 points, the undrafted rider’s sixth consecutive leadoff ride. Attempting to put the Cowboys up a bull, Wingson Henrique da Silva (Navirai, Brazil) could not meet the requisite 8 and was bucked off by Otis (M Rafter E / High View Cattle) at 5.11 seconds. Turning to the Gamblers, Austin Richardson (Dallas, Texas) faced Miller Time (A&E Bucking Bulls/BS Cattle Co) and was forcefully yanked down in a quick 1.8 seconds and then stepped on by the bull. The Cowboys looked to Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas) to further secure the early lead aboard Medicine Man (TNT Bucking Bulls), but the powerful bovine kept working Taylor forward, and he came down at 5.23 seconds. The Gamblers were still trailing 86.5 – 84.25 when Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana) faced a tough opponent in unridden Concho (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls). Louis, who had been 2-for-6 on the season, was no exception and was bucked off after 2.8 seconds. Although the ride was challenged, the judges ruled there would be no re-ride option. Looking for their second score of the night, in the top of the fourth, the Cowboys’ Ramon de Lima (Rio Branco, Brazil) came hot out of the chute but was bested by Perch Trap (Blake Sharp/Henry Wilson) at 3.73 seconds. To close the fourth frame, Gamblers’ Griffin Smeltzer (Charesholm, Alberta, Canada) went to take on Bread Basket (TNT Bucking Bulls), but as the chute clock ran down, he lost his bull rope and was ultimately disqualified. The Austin crowd exploded as the game would be decided in a ride-off between the two superstar closers. 2022 PBR World Champion Daylon Swearingen, first up for the Carolina Cowboys, put on an outstanding performance, covering Tijuana Two-Step (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) for 87.5 points, and the Cowboys went up 174 – 84.25. The Gamblers would need a 90-point ride from two-time PBR World Champion Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) for a come-from-behind win. For the must-ride situation, the league’s No. 1 draft pick faced off against fresh-faced Blazer (Universal Pro Rodeo/Rachel & Dustin Powell). While Leme seemed to make the 8, the challenge button was hit, and it was ruled that the Gamblers’ captain’s free hand touched the bull, resulting in a no-score. With that call, the Carolina Cowboys beat the Austin Gamblers 174-84.25. The Austin Gamblers (9-4) finished the PBR Team Series Gambler Days weekend first in the season standings, while the Carolina Cowboys (8-5) are third in the season standings. 


Here are the current Team standings for the Austin PBR Team Series event after the third day of competition for PBR Gambler Days: 


  1. Carolina Cowboys, 3-0-0 
  2. Arizona Ridge Riders, 3-0-0 
  3. Austin Gamblers, 2-1-0 
  4. Oklahoma Freedom, 2-1-0 
  5. Ariat Texas Rattlers, 1-2-0 
  6. Kansas City Outlaws, 1-2-0 
  7. Missouri Thunder, 0-3-0
  8. Nashville Stampede, 0-3-0  



Here are the current Team standings for the regular season after the third day of competition for PBR Gambler Days in Austin: 

  1. Austin Gamblers, 9-4-0-32.5 
  2. Arizona Ridge Riders, 9-4-0-18 
  3. Carolina Cowboys, 8-5-0-38 
  4. Missouri Thunder, 7-6-0-22 
  5. Kansas City Outlaws, 5-8-0-17.5 
  6. Oklahoma Freedom, 5-8-0-15 
  7. Ariat Texas Rattlers, 4-9-0-19 
  8. Nashville Stampede, 3-10-0-18 

About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series: 

The PBR Team Series is an elite new league that will feature the world’s top bull riders competing on teams in five-on-five bull riding games during an 11-event season beginning in July and culminating in a team championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas November 4-6.  During the 2022 season, each of the eight teams representing teams in Austin, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Glendale, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Ridgedale, MO; and Winston-Salem, NC will host a three-day homestand.  There will also be neutral site games in Cheyenne, WY and Anaheim, CA. To determine team rosters, the league held a rider draft on May 23 prior to start of the 2022 season among any bull riders who have declared for the draft during a league eligibility window. The PBR Team Series builds on the existing structure of professional bull riding with the same basic rules for judging and scoring qualified 8-second bull rides. Events will be staged in a tournament-style format with all teams competing in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. Each game will feature five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters will be comprised of seven riders on the core roster and three practice squad members. The team with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders will be declared the winner of each game. The event winner will be the team with the most game wins across an event, with a special bonus round designed as a tie-breaker to determine final event standings. All PBR Team Series events will be carried on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on Pluto TV.