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NFR Payout Rises Again in 2023; Now Exceeds $14.9 Million

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Las Vegas Events announced today that the 2023 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will see an increase in the payout at the world’s richest rodeo in December for the third consecutive year.

The Wrangler NFR, which is scheduled this year at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas from Dec. 7-16, will have a record-setting competition payout of more than $11.5 million. This amount includes guaranteed prize money of $1.2 million for all NFR qualifiers and $10,301,505 in competition prize money.

Between 2015 and 2020, the NFR paid out a total of $10 million each year – $8.8 million in competition prize money and $1.2 million in guaranteed prize money to qualifiers. The total purse increased to $10,257,048 in 2021 and $10,900,098 in 2022.

Based on the updated purse in 2023, each go-round will pay a total of $99,053 per event, with the round winner taking home $30,706. The average total per event increased to $297,159, with the average winner earning $78,747 at the conclusion of the ten-day event.

The stock contractor pay – which is 30% of the contestant payout – increased to $3,450,451.

Known as the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world, the Wrangler NFR attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding to compete for a share of the increased purse and the coveted PRCA Gold Buckle. In 2022, the event had a total attendance of 173,350 over the 10 days of competition at the Thomas & Mack Center and has sold out more than 350 consecutive performances in Las Vegas.

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