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November 2012

Big Smoke Nirvana

Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:00pm ET

After more than 100 Big Smoke notches on my belt, you might think I could never be surprised by the event. But the Big Smoke Las Vegas this past weekend was another amazing couple of nights, bringing together cigar lovers from around the globe and the United States. In the middle of the Friday night extravaganza, held this year in a gigantic ballroom at the Mirage Hotel in Vegas, I stopped to speak with a pair of gentlemen. One of them had traveled all the way from Australia to attend. I also spoke with people from Texas, Alabama, New York and California, and I had conversations with folks from Mexico and Canada. I'm sure if you surveyed the room, there were people there from almost every one of the 50 states, and many more countries than the ones I found. But the most amazing thing was the turnout. We had more than 4,000 people there for the two nights, so many more than we anticipated that we actually had to post a Sold Out sign; that's a first in the history of Big Smokes.

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