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Raymond Van Barneveld prevailed in a deciding leg shoot-out against Terry Jenkins to win the inaugural Las Vegas Players Championship.

Raymond Van Barneveld prevailed in a deciding leg shoot-out against Terry Jenkins to win the inaugural Las Vegas Players Championship.

The Dutchman had an ideal warm-up for the Las Vegas Desert Classic at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino by winning a fourth PDC Pro Tour event of 2007.

He had reached the final with four 3-0 whitewashes in his six games, with Jimmy Mann (3-2) and Lionel Sams (3-1) taking sets from the World Champion.

Van Barneveld has opened with a 3-0 victory against Alan Matthews, and three successive wins by the same scoreline against Kevin Painter, Roland Scholten and then in the semis against Dennis Priestley set up a clash with Jenkins.

The Dutchman - last year's Desert Classic runner-up - came from 1-0 down to win the first set, before Jenkins took out a 143 finish on his way to the second.

Two straight legs gave van Barneveld the third, but a 116 finish in the deciding leg of set four sent the match into the final set.

A pressure double nine with his last dart gave van Barneveld leg on, before Jenkins replied against the throw with a fourth 180 of the match to win the second and ensure that the contest went to the last leg.

Jenkins opened with back-to-back 140s but three slack scores allowed van Barneveld in to take out 48 for a 14-darter and the match.

Jenkins had also reached the final by dropping sets in just to matches.

Having opened with whitewashes over Gary Blades and American Chris White, he was taken to a decider by both Darin Young and James Wade.

He then saw off Barrie Bates 3-0 in the quarter-finals and hit back from losing the opening leg in his semi-final against Mervyn King to win six in a row and the match.

Ray Carver was the furthest American, losing to King in a deciding set at the quarter-final stage, while Bill Davis lost in the last 16 to Priestley.

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