The Stars Group posts an impressive 2017. Holz and Antonius confirmed for Super High Roller China. Find these stories and more in the Thursday Hit and Run.

The Stars Group Continues Strong Casino and Sports Betting Run

Not to be outdone by partypoker earlier in the week, The Stars Group released impressive results of their own for 2017. In reporting results, PokerStars stated that the company was in its “strongest position in history.” Total revenue for the company came in at $1.3 billion for 2017, a 14% gain over the previous year. PokerStars’ continued focus on casino and sportsbook products was evident with revenue from both products together growing 42%.

The company doesn’t intend to put poker on the backburner, however, noting that PokerStars is working on growing the game globally and increasing the number of regulated online markets. PokerStars cited the newly created European poker network, Power Up as well as changes to the rewards system as positives.

While many high volume players have felt left out of the positivity, up to two-thirds of players are receiving more rewards, says the top online poker brand. The company even plans a Stars Rewards 2.0 program to be released at a later date.

Quick Hitters

– Patrick Antonius and Fedor Holz have both confirmed that they will be playing in the HK$2 Million Super High Roller Bowl China running from March 20th to March 22nd from Macau. The event will be open to 49 invited players, with buy-in to the event with around $270,000. Holz confirmed his appearance while on Facebook Live on Tuesday.

– PartyCasino has joined the long list of New Jersey online casinos with a quiet launch this week. The brand will operate alongside PartyPoker NJ with additional brands under the Borgata New Jersey online gambling license including Borgata, Pala, PlayMGM and Scores.

In other New Jersey casino news, Golden Nugget continues to dominate the New Jersey online casino market with a 53% gain over last year, more than twice than any other casino group.

– PokerCentral’s Sam Simmons joined Joey Ingram’s Poker Life Podcast today where Simmon discussed PokerCentral and poker programming in general. David Huber has a recap of the exchange with timestamps of the podcast for you here.

– Speaking of PokerCentral, it is “Moving Violations” on PokerGo’s Poker After Dark this week. One of the largest hands from the first night was between Jennifer Tilly and Antonio Esfandiari where The Magacian tried a $80,000 bluff:

– Today’s GrinderSchool.com poker training video is episode 11 of Againstime’s Shoving Theory series. In this episode, Againstime discusses restealing in MTTs with a 10x-19x bb stack.