But Barney did not get discouraged. Four years later, he tried again. This time with more success. Because although he lost the world championship final 6-3 to Englishman Richie Burnett, his name was established. Yet it was only in 1998 that his real revenge followed: after two bad years, he managed to win the world title this time.
The Netherlands welcomed him as a hero. It is thanks to Barney that the term 'triple twenty' rings a bell with many people. And the song 'Eye of the Tiger' is also forever linked to Raymond's rise on the battlefield.
In the years that followed, the professional dart player continues to win important matches to his name, including the World Professional Darts Championship four times (Lakeside Frimley Green) and the World Darts Championship in 2007 (Alexandra Palace, 'Ally Pally'). His success attracted the attention of companies in the Netherlands. In paricular, that of JVH Gaming, the Netherlands' largest provider of electronic games of chance. When JVH came out with an electronic dartboard in 1995, Raymond van Barneveld was the perfect ambassador to accompany this introduction. Capital Sports (then Capital Advertising) had been working with JVH Gaming for years and took care of the entire production and international campaign.
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