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In 1984, Las Vegas casino owner Benny Binion and Las Vegas Events managed to convince the PRCA to move the National Finals Rodeo from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas. A major incentive was that they guaranteed the rodeo a prize fund of $1.8 million to the cowboys and $700,000 to the contractors, which was triple what they were receiving in Oklahoma City. And the rest is history.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the city of Las Vegas have developed a fantastic partnership over the years. For 10 days in early December, Las Vegas goes country. Now in its 48th year, the payoff total for contestants was $5.375 million this year.

The NFR is a grueling, 10 go-round rodeo that pits the best-of-the-best against each other to win the coveted World Champion gold buckles. It is truly the Super Bowl of rodeo. The top 15 PRCA money winners in each of seven events compete for a share of $207,000 in prize money. Just to compete in Las Vegas is a remarkable achievement. The first place prize money is huge, but ask any contestant and they will tell you that it is the buckle that they want.

In 1984, Las Vegas casino owner Benny Binion and Las Vegas Events managed to convince the PRCA to move the National Finals Rodeo from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas. A major incentive was that they guaranteed the rodeo a prize fund of $1.8 million to the cowboys and $700,000 to the contractors, which was triple what they were receiving in Oklahoma City. And the rest is history.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the city of Las Vegas have developed a fantastic partnership over the years. For 10 days in early December, Las Vegas goes country. Now in its 48th year, the payoff total for contestants was $5.375 million this year.

The NFR is a grueling, 10 go-round rodeo that pits the best-of-the-best against each other to win the coveted World Champion gold buckles. It is truly the Super Bowl of rodeo. The top 15 PRCA money winners in each of seven events compete for a share of $207,000 in prize money. Just to compete in Las Vegas is a remarkable achievement. The first place prize money is huge, but ask any contestant and they will tell you that it is the buckle that they want.

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In 1984, Las Vegas casino owner Benny Binion and Las Vegas Events managed to convince the PRCA to move the National Finals Rodeo from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas. A major incentive was that they guaranteed the rodeo a prize fund of $1.8 million to the cowboys and $700,000 to the contractors, which was triple what they were receiving in Oklahoma City. And the rest is history.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the city of Las Vegas have developed a fantastic partnership over the years. For 10 days in early December, Las Vegas goes country. Now in its 48th year, the payoff total for contestants was $5.375 million this year.

The NFR is a grueling, 10 go-round rodeo that pits the best-of-the-best against each other to win the coveted World Champion gold buckles. It is truly the Super Bowl of rodeo. The top 15 PRCA money winners in each of seven events compete for a share of $207,000 in prize money. Just to compete in Las Vegas is a remarkable achievement. The first place prize money is huge, but ask any contestant and they will tell you that it is the buckle that they want.