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Photos: PBR World Finals kicks off with welcome party at MGM Grand

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Brazilian bull riders, Sean Gleason and Jim Haworth attend the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals welcome ceremony on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at 8 Second Lounge in MGM Grand.

2013 PBR World Finals Welcome Ceremony

2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi attends the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals welcome ceremony on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at 8 Second Lounge in MGM Grand. Launch slideshow »

The Official PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, which begin tonight, got underway with a welcome reception at 8 Second Lounge in MGM Grand on Monday night. Every bull rider who qualified to compete in the final event of the 2013 season walked the red carpet and received their World Finals jacket from PBR Chairman and CEO Jim Haworth and PBR COO Sean Gleason.

All of the MGM Grand “Home of the Champion” bull riders also attended, including reigning and two-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2012 and 2011), 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi and Shane Proctor, the six-time PBR World finals qualifier and 2011 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion.

Other MGM Grand “Home of the Champions” riders include three-time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes, 2008 PBR World Finals Champion Robson Palermo, Marco Eguchi, Joao Ricardo Vieira, Eduardo Aparecido, Emilio Resende, Fabiano Vieira, Valdiron de Oliveira, Edevaldo da Silva Ferreira, Agnaldo Cardozo, Claudio Crisostomo and Paulo Crimber.

All 15 riders will stop by 8 Second Lounge on Friday afternoon to sign autographs for fans. Thanks to Bryan Steffy of WireImage for his photo gallery.

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