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  • Want to become a member of Team PokerStars Pro Online? Learn how in the PokerNews BlogNews Weekly.

  • Wow, a $1.1 Million cooler for Phil Ivey against Tom Dwan when both players nailed a straight.

  • Card dead often? Discover how to best react when this happens in the BlogNews Weekly.

Each week, PokerNews brings you insight into the happenings at the major poker sites. Featuring the most popular blog posts, BlogNews Weekly is your one-stop shop for all your poker blog highlights.

This week, BlogNews Weekly brings you highlights from the latest PokerStars, Full Tilt, and partypoker blogs.

Learn How To Join Team PokerStars Pro Online

Luka "LukaSteel" Kovač answers a question on the minds of many poker players about the path to becoming a Team PokerStars Pro Online member in a blog aptly titled How To Make Team PokerStars Pro Online.

The Slovanian poker player starts off by discussing how he became a member of this exclusive team by applying during Team Pro Online week and being selected among the 500 applicants. He believes he was chosen due to Slovenia not being represented on the team and the fact that he plays mostly limit hold'em, a poker variant not widely played by other team members.

The timing of Kovač's story isn't coincidental, as Team Pro Online week will be taking place later in the month with many exciting promotions. This is also your chance on PokerStars to apply to potentially become the next member of Team PokerStars Pro Online if you are a supernova or higher.

Read more on the PokerStars Blog about Kovač's path to Team PokerStars Pro Online and how you can potentially become a member.

$1.1 Million Cooler for Phil Ivey

About six years ago in the Full Tilt Million Dollar Cash Game, poker legends Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan were involved in a huge hand where both players had a straight on the turn. The action began with Dwan raising preflop with the {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts} from the button and Ivey making a fairly large three-bet with the {A-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}, which Dwan called.

With the pot already at $49,500, Ivey led the action by betting $35,000 on a flop of {J-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} giving both players a gutshot straight draw. Dwan called, and here is where the action really got hot and heavy when the {4-Hearts} appeared on the turn to give both players a straight.

After some raising and reraising, Ivey was all in for a massive pot slightly over $1.1 million. Ivey was drawing dead, shipping a seven-figure pot to Dwan and a huge cooler to Ivey.

Head to the Full Tilt Blog to learn more about how this hand unfolded.

How To Survive When You're Card Dead

Sometimes a poker tournament is easy pickings when all the cards come your way. However, most of the time this isn't the case and learning how to react when you are card dead is important to learn in order to be successful in the long term.

Partypoker blogger Paul Seaton shares on a blog titled Seven Ways To Survive When You're Card Dead some things you should think when this situation arises.

A couple of the more important tips are being patient and using a tight image to your advantage. Image is important in poker, because if you are perceived as a tight player, you may be able to get away with some light three-bets to collect chips instead of just folding and watching your stack dwindle.

Discover on the partypoker Blog seven great tips on how to survive when you are card dead.

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