In the May/June 2009 Cigar Aficionado


Jay-Z

In the new issue, Shawn Carter, best known as hip-hop megastar Jay-Z, talks about how almost a decade on the streets of Brooklyn dealing drugs helped him to become a successful musician and entrepreneur at the age of 26.In addition, we pick the experts' brains on sports, poker, blackjack and golf wagering to find out how, with a little planning, the average gambler can maybe make a few bucks. Other features include an articles about the roaring success of golf's Phoenix Open, a former FBI investigator who now makes his living recovering stolen art, and how the craft brewing business in America has grown in the last 30 years.


Up Front

Editors' Note
Getting Through

Letters
Out of the Humidor

Good Life Guide

Electronics
Palm Pre

Drink
Flavored Vodkas

Sport
TaylorMade R9 Driver

Cigars
Making a Case for Cigars

Time
Ralph Lauren

Wheels
Honda Fury

Places
Coeur d'Alene Golf & Spa Resort

Fun
Go to Barbecue School

Style
Bow Ties

Gourmet
Clambake

Features

Cover
The Music Mogul
Jay-Z has bult an empire on the back of his hip-hop stardom with a cigar in his hand.
Golf
The PGA Tour's Party Central
The February stop in Scottsdale, known today as the FBR Open, is simply the most raucous, outrageous, unruly four-day golf competition anywhere
Gambling
Shortcut to Gambling Nirvana
Enlighten your path to enlarged winnings at poker, sports, blackjack and golf
Drink
Choice Brews
How craft brewing started a revolution and opened up the American palate to a wide selection of ways to enjoy a favorite national beverage

Cigars

Venues
A Smoker's Guide to New York City
Despite not one but two smoking bans, you can still smoke in Manhattan—if you know where to go
Industry
An Interview with Ruben Ysidron
Ysidron created the first branded cigar for Savinelli 15 years ago, and the standards have been high ever since.
Cuba Report
Business Isn't Always Business
Havana's cigar festival brings repite from the economic downturn with lots of new cigars


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