Turns out 'Cowboy Poker' is actually a real and very painful game

If you thought Cowboy Poker was only for the small screen, you thought wrong. 

A brave group geared up for an intense round of Cowboy Poker at the Wild Thing Championship Bull Riding in Gallup, New , on Saturday. 

Wild Thing is the biggest open bull-riding competition in the southwest and has been going on for more than 25 years. It hosts a nightly ‘cowboy poker’ round in-between events and fireworks, organizer Larry Peterson told DailyMail.com on Tuesday. 

Much like the scene from the 201st episode of the popular TV show Yellowstone, which debuted in 2018, where a group of cowboys sit at a table playing poker while a bull charges at them, a group of four brave cowboys in did just that. 

The goal of the game is to remain at the table the longest, but the bull made quick work of taking out the first contestant.

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    Seconds later, the man who was pushed out of his chair, gets himself off the ground and takes off running. 

    The dangerous game that leaves some ticketholders grinding their teeth, is one of the highlights of the event. 

    Peterson told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that injures are rare, but poker players do get ‘banged up pretty good.’ 

    ‘They get hammered pretty hard,’ the former bull rider told DailyMail.com. Peterson rode bulls for nine years before starting the show. 

    The winner (pictured with his hands up) jolts up afterward and takes off running to safety with the rest. He won $500 and a belt buckle for his courageous victory. Organizer Larry Peterson said none of the men were injured, but 'banged up pretty good'

    The winner (pictured with his hands up) jolts up afterward and takes off running to safety with the rest. He won $500 and a belt buckle for his courageous victory. Organizer Larry Peterson said none of the men were injured, but ‘banged up pretty good’ 

    Videos from previous years show poker players getting ‘hammered’ much harder than this year’s competition, with bodies spiraling through the air and players being launched several feet.  

    First-place winners of Cowboy Poker take home a $500 reward and a belt buckle, while the second-place winner takes home a sewn jacket, Peterson said.

    The show pays out close to $30,000 in prizes each year, according to its Facebook page.  

    Poker players do wear the same protective vests as bull riders, which are similar to ‘bulletproof vests,’ Peterson told DailyMail.com. The vests protect the ‘core’ from the bull’s horns to help prevent serious injuries.

    The event also teams up with the Manuelito Children’s Home, which is largely made up of Navajo Indians, to help raise money for it through concessions and parking. It is the largest fundraiser of the year for the children’s home. 

    Yellowstone stars Kevin Costner, who is also an executive producer. Costner and the show were not nominated for an Emmys this year.

    Yellowstone stars Kevin Costner, who is also an executive producer. Costner and the show were not nominated for an Emmys this year. 

    Yellowstone has not been nominated for major drama awards, despite drawing in millions of devoted viewers.

    Yellowstone has not been nominated for major drama awards, despite drawing in millions of devoted viewers.

    Cowboy poker, a popular activity in the south, download aplikasi judi13 became renown nationally from the TV series, which featured the game in an episode in 2020.

    The show, which pulls in more than 10 million viewers, recently got snubbed for an Emmy nomination. It has yet to be nominated for any major drama awards — an omission that many fans attribute to it being anti-woke.

    The show did not get recognized in the Best Drama category again this year, with star Kevin Costner, who is also an executive producer, being one of many stars left off the list of Hollywood nominations.

    The show’s only nomination by the guild came in 2021 for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More), but it failed to win.

    It did land a Screen Actors Guild nomination this year, but did not come away with the top prize.

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