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Carolina Cowboys, Oklahoma Freedom, Arizona Ridge Riders, and Austin Gamblers Win on Opening Night of Competition of PBR Team Series Event in Austin, Texas

Sizzling hot Austin Gamblers looking to win eighth game in a row against the Ariat Texas Rattlers Saturday night in Moody Center 

AUSTIN, Texas – Riding a six-game winning streak as they headed into their hometown for Gambler Days, the Austin Gamblers continued to look virtually unstoppable on Friday night at Moody Center in Austin Texas, winning their seventh consecutive game in the PBR Team Series.  


Riding the momentum of leadoff rider Ezekiel Mitchell scoring on his fourth bull in the leadoff spot this season, the Gamblers dominated the Nashville Stampede (3-8), 260.75-87.25, in the final game of night 1 of the three-day event, the fifth of the new PBR Team Series season.  The Gamblers are now 8-3 and remain in first place in the new league. 


Previously, in the opening five-on-five bull riding game in Austin, the Carolina Cowboys (6-5) defeated the Kansas City Outlaws (4-7), 173-84.75. 

In the second game of the night, the Oklahoma Freedom (4-7) put up three qualified rides and beat the Ariat Texas Rattlers (3-8) by one bull, 253-166.50. 


The third game of the night, a showdown between No. 2 Missouri Thunder (7-4) and No. 3 Arizona Ridge Riders (7-4) resulted in a shootout in which the Ridge Riders prevailed, 340.50-260.75. 

PBR Gambler Days continues Saturday, August 27 at 6:45 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at and, at the Moody Center Box Office, or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727. 


Prior to Saturday’s event, Gambler Days will host a free-to-attend, fan fest at Stubbs Bar-B-Q starting at 11:00 a.m. CT. The musical performers include: Calder Allen (11:10 a.m.), Kelley James (1:00 p.m.), Kyle Park (3:00 p.m.), and Push & Shove (4:30 p.m.). 

In addition to the fan fest, there will be an after party at Stubbs Bar-B-Q, with musical performer Jesse Dayton (9:15 p.m.) and The Band of Heathens (10:30 p.m.). 


PBR RidePass on PlutoTV 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 PlutoTV at 8:30 p.m. ET, starting September 1. Check for the latest programming schedule.


Carolina Cowboys Win Opening Game of PBR Gambler Days 


Carolina Cowboys: 173 points 

Kansas City Outlaws: 84.75 


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


AUSTIN, Texas – In the opening game of the PBR Team Series Gambler Days, the Carolina Cowboys defeated the Kansas City Outlaws with two rides. Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas), who came into game 5-for-12 on the season, made an explosive entrance for the Cowboys, covering Chanler’s Dream (Universal Pro Rodeo) away from his hand for 87 points. Kyler Oliver (Roy, Utah), back from a broken neck, was up first for the Kansas City Outlaws but was unable to answer for his team, bucked off by Nomad Max (Crooked Crown Bucking Bulls/Braswell Bucking Bulls) in 2.2 seconds. Up next for the Cowboys was Boudreaux Campbell (Crockett, Texas). Matched with Batter Up (Crooked Crown Bucking Bulls/Braswell Bucking Bulls), Campbell was bucked off in a hard-fought 6.98 seconds. Quick to respond, Rafael Henrique dos Santos (Sebastianopolis, Brazil), off balance but gutting out the 8, recorded the first qualified ride for the Outlaws, earning 84.75 points aboard Hell Right (D&H Cattle Company). After scoreless third and fourth frames, the last frame was a battle between two team captains and top draft picks: the Cowboys’ Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) and the Outlaws’ Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas). Swearingen didn’t log a score but was awarded a re-ride, giving the Cowboys a second opportunity to win the first game of the weekend. In a must-ride situation, Kasel was unable to meet the requisite 8 aboard Mule Train (Martinez/Porter Cattle Co.) to keep the Outlaws in the game, bucked off in 6.15 seconds. With an already-secured victory and a re-ride opportunity, Swearingen dominated the last bull of the night, Harold’s Genuine Risk (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls), for 86 points. The Carolina Cowboys earned their sixth team win, 173-84.75, over the Outlaws. As PBR Gambler Days continues Saturday evening, the Carolina Cowboys (6-5) will look to continue their momentum when they play the Oklahoma Freedom (4-7), while the Kansas City Outlaws (4-7) will attempt to rebound against the Missouri Thunder (7-4). 


Oklahoma Freedom Dominate Ariat Texas Rattlers in Opening Night of PBR Team Series Gambler Days in Austin, Texas 


Oklahoma Freedom: 263.00 

Ariat Texas Rattlers: 166.50 


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


AUSTIN, Texas – While the Oklahoma Freedom couldn’t find their rhythm in Music City, they came into Moody Center in Austin, Texas, with a new lineup and restored determination to put up three qualified rides and beat the Ariat Texas Rattlers by one bull. As the second game got underway, national collegiate champion Casey Roberts (Munford, Alabama) was first to leave the chutes and dominated. Siroucho (Dozier Cattle Co/Martinez Bucking Bulls) for 85.75 points. The Ariat Texas Rattlers answered in the bottom of the first with a ride by Joao Ricardo Vieria (Itatinga, Brazil) aboard Dark Hunt (Martinez Bucking Bulls) for 83.75 points, putting the Rattlers two points behind the Freedom.  In the second frame, Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Alabama), making his PBR Team Series debut for the Oklahoma Freedom, was bucked off a hopping and skipping Draco (Blake Sharp/Koe Wetzel/Hurt/Wilson/Lee), in 3.73 seconds. Similarly, Ariat Texas Rattlers’ Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) was no match to Tijuana Two-Step (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls), bucked off in 3.99 seconds. Following the scoreless second frame, Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) was unable to add to the Oklahoma Freedom’s lead against Cool Whip (Julian/Staci Addison/D&H/Crooked W), bucked off in a hard-fought 3.77 seconds. At the bottom of the third frame, Ariat Texas Rattlers’ Brady Oleson (Blackfoot, Idaho) faced a familiar opponent, climbing aboard Alakazam (D&H Cattle/Buck Cattle/Tommy Julian) for the third time this year, but was dispatched in 3.60 seconds. First-round draft pick Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina), back from injury, was able to continue the team momentum, putting the Oklahoma Freedom a full bull ahead, dominating up-and-down bucker Walking Tall (Braswell Buckers) for 83.75 points. Newly signed Daniel Keeping (Gorman, Texas) looked to make his first ride for the Ariat Texas Rattlers on Savage (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd/High Voltage Ca, but after a big first jump was dumped in 1.64 seconds. With the Freedom looking to seal the deal, Briggs Madsen (Tremonton, Utah), who had been 0-for-6 on the PBR Team Series season, made his first qualified ride aboard Mike’s Effect (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd/High Voltage Cattle) for 83.5 points, giving the Freedom a 263-83.75 lead.  With only one ride to go and one ride on the board, the last to leave the chute for the Rattlers was 47-year-old Ednei Caminhas (Indaiatuba, Brazil), who dominated Twisted Steel (Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls) for 82.75 points. However, the ride from the 2002 PBR World Champion was not enough for his team to the Freedom, who beat the Rattlers 263-166.50. During the second slate of games for PBR Gambler Days on Saturday, August 27, the Oklahoma Freedom (4-7) will take on the Carolina Cowboys (6-5), while the Ariat Texas Rattlers (3-8) will face off against the Austin Gamblers (8-3). 


No. 2 Arizona Ridge Riders Win Shootout Against No. 3 Missouri Thunder at The PBR Team Series Gambler Days 


Arizona Ridge Riders: 340.50 

Missouri Thunder: 260.75 


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


AUSTIN, Texas – In Friday night’s third game of PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Gambler Days, the Arizona Ridge outlasted the Missouri Thunder in an intense round of rides, 340.5-260.75. The slugfest between the league’s No. 2 and No. 3 teams began with qualified rides for both teams in the first three frames. Adriano Salgado (Batatais, Brazil) struck first for the Missouri Thunder after he rode Perch Trap (Blake Sharp) for 87.25 points, his fourth ride this season. Alisson De Souza (Taubate, Brazil) was quick to put the Arizona Ridge Riders on the board with an 87.25-point ride aboard the majestic white bull Game Over (Cooper/Scruggs/Bishop). The Thunder’s Cody Teel (College Station, Texas) then recorded a textbook ride on Chanler’s Mule (Universal Pro Rodeo) for 87.25 points, putting the Thunder back in the lead. The Ridge Riders’ Eduardo Aprecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) made the 8, covering Big Pokey (Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls) for 85 points to narrow the score to 174.5-171.75 in favor of Missouri. Going head-to-head, the two teams entered the third frame, where Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas), who came into the game riding at a sizzling 57%, was thrown off hard-bucking Hunter (Dozier Cattle Co/Martinez Bucking Bulls) at 5.14 seconds. With the pressure on to secure a third ride for the Ridge Riders, Sandro Batista (Pedra Petra, Brazil) put up 83.75 points against Big Bank (Universal Pro Rodeo). In the fourth frame, the Thunder’s Clayton Sellars (Fruitland Park, Florida) was then unable to get any points on the board, bucked off by Day Late (Universal Pro Rodeo) at 4.89 seconds. After a scoreless fourth and a re-ride earned by Colten Fritzlan (Rifle, Colorado), Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil), the closer in all of the Ridge Riders’ games this season, had the opportunity to clinch. He successfully rode Try This (D&H Cattle Company) for 85 points, which held up after a challenge for a slap. That score put the Ridge Riders up 340-174.5, and the game was out of reach. As the last out of the game, down two bulls, Fritzlan rode Chiseled (Flinn/D&H Cattle Co) for 86.25 points, making the final score closer but one in which the Arizona Ridge Riders came out the dominant team, 340.5-260.75. When PBR Gambler Days continues, the Arizona Ridge Riders (7-4) will look to continue the momentum when they play the Nashville Stampede (3-8), while the Missouri Thunder (7-4) will look for their first victory of the weekend against the Kansas City Outlaws (4-7). 


Sizzling Hot Austin Gamblers Win Seventh Game in a Row, Beating Nashville Stampede on Night One of PBR Team Series Gambler Days Homestand 


Austin Gamblers: 260.75 

Nashville Stampede: 87.25 


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


AUSTIN, Texas – In front of an electric home crowd in the final game of Friday night’s PBR Team Series competition, the Austin Gamblers dominated the Nashville Stampede, 260.75-87.25, for their seventh win in a row. The Gamblers (8-3) remain the No. 1 team in the 2022 PBR Team Series standings. The first matchup of the night for the Nashville Stampede was Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma) and Best In Show (Glover Cattle/D&H Cattle Co.), who bucked off “The Cherokee Kid” in 3.2 seconds. Bringing in a 3-for-3 streak when leading off for the Gamblers, Texas native Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas), once again put his team on the scoreboard in the first frame by dominating Thor (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) for 84.75 points. In the top of the second, Thiago Salgado (Navirai, Brazil) broke the ice for the Stampede and gave them the lead with an 87.25-point ride on Dang, Dang (Braswell Buckers). With the energy high in Moody Center, the Austin Gamblers were looking for a comeback in the bottom of the second. Lucas Divino (Nova Crixas, Brazil) blasted from the chutes aboard Mike’s Motive (Blake Sharp/High Voltage Cattle/American Spirits/Koe Wetzel) and was scored 86.25 points to secure the lead for the Gamblers, 171-87.25. Following two scoreless frames, the game’s outcome was in the hands of the top two overall picks in the PBR Team Series Draft, Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil), the No. 2 overall pick and first for the Nashville Stampede, and the Gamblers’ No. 1 pick Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil). Pacheco needed an 84-point ride for the Stampede to take the lead, but the 2018 World Champion was no match for the rank bull Air Shift (Blake Sharp/Henry Wilson), down in 2.21 seconds. Cementing the Gamblers’ win in front of their home crowd, Leme dominated John 14:6 (Braswell Buckers) for 89.75 points, the highest-scored ride of the night and Leme’s 11th qualified ride on the season.  As PBR Gambler Days continues Saturday evening, the host Austin Gamblers (8-3) will look to continue their momentum when they play the Ariat Texas Rattlers (3-8), while the Nashville Stampede (3-8) will attempt to rebound against the Arizona Ridge Riders (7-4). 


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


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





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

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





Here are the game matchups for the second day of action for PBR Gambler Days on Saturday, August 27: 


Kansas City Outlaws @ Missouri Thunder 

Oklahoma Freedom @ Carolina Cowboys 

Arizona Ridge Riders @ Nashville Stampede 

Ariat Texas Rattlers @ Austin Gamblers 

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.