The Stars Group's PokerStars Casino has paid out a £1.2m prize to a Norwegian player of Blueprint Gaming’s Genie Jackpots slot.

The player, who is a regular at the PokerStars poker tables, becomes the first PokerStars Casino millionaire of 2018.

The payout also marks the first time that Blueprint Gaming’s Jackpot King series of progressive jackpots has been won at PokerStars Casino.

“Congratulations to the lucky player and what an amazing start to the year to win such a life-changing sum of money,” said Blueprint Gaming managing director Matt Cole. “Our Jackpot King series continues to offer highly immersive games and we have plans to add exciting new releases throughout 2018.”

PokerStars Casino - recently crowned Gaming Intelligence Casino Operator of the Year - made nine millionaires last year, seven of whom won the operator's in-house developed Millionaires Island and Stars Mega Spin games.

Shares in The Stars Group Inc. (TSX:TSGI) closed in Toronto Monday up 0.30 per cent at CAD$33.96 per share, having set a new 52-week high of $34.15 per share earlier in the day.