|Lives in:||Belinog, Wales|
|Born at:||Merthyr Tydfil, Wales|
|Darts:||22 g Unicorn Contender|
|Walk-On-Music:||House of Fun(Madness)|
The Welshman Barrie Bates started to play darts with 27. He was quite a successful soccer player when one evening in his pub he was asked to play darts with some friends. From the beginning he did win everything so played on super league and county. 2003 he could qualify for the UK Open final - his debut in the PDC.
His most successful year till now was 2006 when he could reach the UK Open final only to lose to Raymond van Barneveld whom he had beaten a short while before during a Players Championship on Hayling Island. In the same year he won Le Sratch in Montreal, reached two UK Open Regional finals, two Players Championship finals and could win a Players Championship in Holland where he did beat Phil Taylor in the final. For this achievments he got at the PDC Awards Diner the "Best Floor Player of the Year " Award 2006.
He started into 2007 the same reaching the last 16 or better in seven Pro Tour events but then developed problems with one of his feet. The problem turned out to be an old fracture out of his soccer career. Later the knee of his other leg started to hurt and Bates had to take a break.
He returned to the circuit but till know never found the form from 2006.