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The most stressful three days of RodeoHouston begin tonight with the wild card round, which features the 12 contestants in each discipline who did not place in the top four in the two semifinals.

They will battle for the final two spots in tomorrow’s Super Series Championship. Taking just a sixth of the field means there is a lot of pressure on everybody who will compete in tonight’s round. It will come down to several factors to decide who advances, but first and foremost is which contestants in each event can best handle the heat.

The suspense doesn’t get any stronger than Saturday’s championship, where a $50,000 first-place prize is on the line in each event ($100,000 in team roping). If you think a five-foot put forĀ  the $5 bet with your buddies will make your knees buckle, think about these guys nodding their heads for that kind of money.

Sunday’s Cinch Super Shootout will feature 42 contestants all vying for even more money in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing. Each competitor qualified by winning a major rodeo in 2011, events like Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, Calgary (Alberta) Stampede, Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show Rodeo, San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo, Rodeo Austin, Cloverdale (B.C.) Rodeo and Country Fair, Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and, of course, last year’s Houston winners.

That makes it very exciting for the cowboys and cowgirls who are part of this weekend’s action, but it’s just as exciting to the fans. If you want to watch the livestreaming broadcast, be sure to click HERE.



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