September 2012

Raymond van Barneveld will take on Ian White in round one of the World Grand Prix in Dublin.

‘Barney’, who has been runner-up in the £350,000 tournament twice in recent years, faces Stoke star White on Tuesday October 9 at the Citywest Hotel.

The winner of their first round clash is set to play either Wez Newton or Ronnie Baxter in the last 16.

The World Grand Prix, which is unique for its double-start format, takes place from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 October, with 32 players battling it out for the £100,000 first prize.

First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket – (via
Phil Taylor (1) v Michael Smith
Mark Walsh v Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins (8) v Mervyn King
Dean Winstanley v Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock (5) v Justin Pipe
Kevin Painter v Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson (4) v Brendan Dolan
Vincent van der Voort v William O’Connor
Adrian Lewis (2) v Richie Burnett
Michael van Gerwen v Colin Lloyd
Andy Hamilton (7) v Mark Webster
Steve Beaton v Andy Smith
Wes Newton (6) v Ronnie Baxter
Raymond van Barneveld v Ian White
James Wade (3) v Colin Osborne
Michael Mansell v Paul Nicholson

Prize Fund
Winner £100,000
Runner-Up £40,000
Semi-Finalists £20,000
Quarter-Finalists £12,500
Second Round Losers £7,000
First Round Losers £4,000
Total Prize Money £350,000
In addition, should a player hit a nine-dart finish, they would receive a £5,000 bonus. If more than one player achieves this feat, the bonus would be shared equally on a pro-rata basis.

First Round Best of Three Sets
Second Round Best of Five Sets
Quarter-Finals Best of Five Sets
Semi-Finals Best of Nine Sets
Final Best of 11 Sets
All sets are the best of five legs. There will be no tie-break.
All games are double-start and double-finish, meaning a player must first hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.


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Raymond van Barneveld progressed into the quarter-finals of the PartyPoker.Net European Championships in Germany, after coming out on top in a fabulous battle with fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen.

Both players averaged over 100 in a wonderful match, which provided an exhibition of high scoring and clinical finishing, with van Barneveld eventually triumphing 10-9.

“What a game,”said ‘Barney’, who hit finishes of 136 and 156.

“Michael played awesome and at times I was thinking he might beat me but I know how good he is and I’m so happy to win.”

“Unfortunately there can only be one winner and today that was me. Michael will come back and do even better.

“This gives me great confidence. I’m happy with how I’m playing and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

van Gerwen opened with an elven dart leg against the throw, but ‘Barney’ broke back immediately, hitting two 180s in the process.

He followed that up with a neat 76 checkout before van Gerwen took out 70 in reply.

‘Mighty Mike’ then produced another fine checkout, finishing 89 on the bull, as both players headed into the first break with perfect records on their doubles.

‘Barney’ just missed the bull for a 121 checkout, the first double he had missed in tournament, but came back to hit double four to break and level the match at three legs apiece.

The five-time World Champion moved ahead with a stunning 156 checkout, which he followed up with a neat 96 finish, as he moved into a 5-3 lead.

van Gerwen took out 85 for a break, to reduce the deficit.

And the 23-year-old levelled up, hitting double four to make it five all, before van Barneveld edged back in front with a hold.

‘Mighty Mike’ checked out on 68 in two darts to tie the match once more but Barney regained his lead again, producing a brilliant 136 finish.

van Gerwen replied with a fabulous checkout of his own, hitting two treble 18s and double ten to pick off 138.

van Barnveld took an 8-7 lead by hitting double four, before grabbing a vital break to move within a leg of the quarter-finals.

Both players hit 180s before three missed darts at double ten by ‘Barney’ allowed van Gerwen to break and keep himself in the match.

‘Mighty Mike’ then took out 68 to force a decider, in which van Barneveld threw first.

And ‘Barney’ made that advantage count, hitting another 180 on his way to victory in what was a sensational match.

By Chris Murphy

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Raymond van Barneveld produced a stunning performance to sweep aside Terry Jenkins in Germany, recording his highest ever televised average en route to a 6-1 triumph.

‘Barney’ didn’t miss a single attempt at a double as he stormed into the second round of the European Championship, where he will face compatriot Michael van Gerwen on Saturday evening.

“I prepared properly to face an awesome player in Terry,” said van Barneveld.

“I have changed my darts and they are going really well for me.

“I’m looking forward to play Michael tomorrow night, in what will be a good, fast game.”

The players exchanged 180s in the opening leg, which ‘Barney’ won against the darts.

The popular Dutchman followed that with a brilliant eleven dart leg, before Jenkins pulled one back.

van Barneveld hit another maximum to set up double top in the fourth leg, and he needed just one dart to increase his lead to 3-1.

He then took out 68, followed by 52 to go 5-1 in front.

And the five-time World Champion finished the job, setting up his winning double top with 171.

By Chris Murphy

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