Monarch Casino Resort Spa Sponsors the $15,000 Gambler’s Choice and $40,000 Grand Prix at the 2024 National Western Stock Show

Monarch Casino continues an eight-year tradition at Stock Show

The Monarch Casino Gambler's Choice Jumper Stake and Grand Prix, presented by Monarch Casino, are two of the most popular horse events at the National Western Stock Show. 2024 marks the eighth year Monarch Casino Resort Spa has sponsored these two events. 

The excitement begins at 7:30, Friday, January 12, with Gambler’s Choice. It features top-level jumpers competing in a high-energy performance with a thrilling twist. Each horse and rider pair maneuvers around a timed course to see who can accumulate the most points ... and who dares to take a “gamble” on the joker fence at the end!

The Monarch Casino Resort Spa Gambler’s Choice provides crowds with a rock-and-roll atmosphere where the more riders dare, the more the crowds shout approval, and the higher the winnings. The daring event features horse and rider pairs going faster and jumping higher to make it through the unique course the fastest and the cleanest. 

Each rider jumps the course of 10 to 14 fences starting at 4 feet 6 inches in height. Each fence carries a point value based on its degree of difficulty. The riders decide their own path around the course but can only jump a fence twice, and only if it’s still standing. Each rider then has the option of taking the Joker fence with the risk of gaining a large number of points or losing those points with a knockdown.

Many of these horse and rider teams will show again Monday evening, January 15, at 7 PM in the $40,000 Grand Prix, presented by Monarch Casino Resort Spa. The prestigious event attracts top horses and riders from across the nation. 

Each competitor jumps one round over the course of 10 to 14 jumps from 4 feet 6 inches in height and higher. The top horses accumulating the least number of faults are required to jump a second round over a course of 8 to 12 jumps, raised in height from the previous round. The width of all jumps ranges from five to six feet. Final scores are determined by adding the total faults incurred in both rounds and adding any penalties for exceeding the time allowed in either or both rounds. 

For tickets to this year’s Gambler’s Choice and Grand Prix, visit the National Western Stock Show. 

To learn more about the exciting events, fabulous restaurants, and exquisite spa at Monarch Casino Resort Spa, click here


Mitch Jelniker

M&C Communications / on behalf of Monarch Casino Resort Spa






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Monarch Casino Resort Spa is Colorado's premier gaming resort destination. Located only 45 minutes from downtown Denver at 488 Main Street in historic Black Hawk, Colorado, guests who choose to stay, play, and dine at Monarch's award-winning resort can expect the ultimate experience. In 2023, Newsweek readers voted Monarch Casino Resort Spa the 4th “Best Overall Casino Outside of Las Vegas.” Gaming: More than 60,000 square feet of wide-open, red-hot, no-limit gaming space houses 1050 electronic games, 43 table games (including baccarat), a poker room featuring 14 tables including, and a well-appointed self-serve beverage lounge. Dining: Award-winning, elevated dining options include the flagship Monarch Chophouse, Bistro Mariposa, Twenty-Four 7, Buffet, and Java Etc. Lodging: 516 mountain-modern luxury hotel rooms and suites can be found within Monarch's 23-story hotel tower. Spa Monarch: Recognized as a 2023 USA Today 10 Best Hotel Spa finalist, Spa Monarch is a full-service luxury spa available by appointment only. Parking: Monarch has a free enclosed 1,350-space parking garage (including EV chargers), which features hi-tech technology alerting people how many collective and individual spaces are available on each level.

About Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRI), was incorporated in 1993 and, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns and operates the four-diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, and the Monarch Casino Black Hawk (formerly the Riviera Black Hawk Casino) in Black Hawk, Colorado, approximately 40 miles west of Denver. For additional information, visit