Big Buck Hunter Pro and Big Buck Safari World Championships to be Held Oct. 1-2

(Chicago, Ill.) – It’s hunting season in Chicago as the best Big Buck Hunter Pro and Big Buck Safari players from around the world converge in the Windy City for a weekend to battle for the title of World Champion. The third annual Big Buck Hunter Pro and Big Buck Safari World Championships will take place on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 at the legendary Cubby Bear, located across from Wrigley Field. With tournaments for both Big Buck Hunter Pro and Big Buck Safari, the event will feature 64 players competing in each tournament for a total of more than $50,000 in prize money, and top prizes of $10,000.

The two-day event, consisting of the Regional Finals and the World Championships, will be open to the public for the first time, with all the action projected on big screens so spectators won’t miss any of the competition. This year’s event promises to be bigger than ever:

Friday, October 1 - Regional Finals

  • Doors open at 5 p.m., Regional Finals start at 7 p.m.
  • Live Band Karaoke at 11 p.m. following tournament
  • Big Buck Hunter games for spectators to play for free
  • Drink specials, Raffles, the Big Buck Girls
  • $5 cover – Includes admission on Friday and Saturday

Saturday, October 2 - World Championships

  • Doors open at 12 p.m., World Championship starts at 2 p.m.
  • Big Buck Hunter games for spectators to play for free
  • Drink specials, Raffles, Big Buck Girls
  • $5 cover – Includes free Big Buck Hunter games

The two previous World Championships have been dominated by two brothers from Minnesota: Jerad and Nick Berg. Hailing from the Twin Cities area, the Berg brothers are avid hunters, perhaps giving them an advantage over other Big Buck players. Jerad took the first-ever title for Big Buck Hunter Pro in 2008, while his brother, Nick, ousted him in 2009. However, when the Big Buck Safari tournament was added in 2009, Jerad redeemed himself taking the first-ever Safari title as well. This year all eyes will be on the Bergs as they attempt to defend their titles.

Players qualify for the World Championships during a month-long qualification period. During qualifying, players must play Big Buck Hunter Pro and Big Buck Safari games that are connected to the CoinUp Network, which allows them to keep track of their stats online and compete against other players across the country. There are four regions and 16 players from each region qualify to compete in the Regional Finals, a single-elimination, head-to-head shootout format, on October 1. The top 32 players advance to the World Championships on October 2, which is a double-elimination, head-to-head shootout competition for a top prize of $10,000.

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