Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Bill Murray, Nov/Dec 2004
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I want to thank you for the excellent magazine and Web site that you have. In my past life, I would read your magazine faithfully, reading the issue many times before passing it on to a friend. But like I said, that was in a past life.
Now I am a Peace Corps volunteer, assigned to a city called Cluj-Napoca, in Romania. Finding your magazine here is even harder then finding a good cigar...nearly impossible. Most of the cigars that I get are sent to me by friends and family from the States. But your online site is a fixture on my computer. Reading the articles helps bring me back to the days back in the States.
It is amazing being here of how much I miss the simple things that I took for granted back home. Sitting with friends enjoying a good cigar, or just sitting by myself reading your magazine.
I just wanted to say thanks...thanks for the little bit of sanity that your magazine brings me in my everyday world of insanity.
As always, Michael Kaplan is a superb poker writer. But he has neglected to mention Mike Sexton, who has done more than anyone else for poker's incredible surge of popularity in TV programming in the last couple years. Mike has long preached the concept of turning poker into a viewer-worthy equivalent of PGA golf. Judging by the hugely expanding presence of tournament poker on TV these days, he appears, finally, to have achieved some success.
Mike has put a lot of personal money into making such things happen in poker. A few years ago he played a big part in banking The Tournament of Champions of Poker in Las Vegas in an attempt to make poker a viewer-friendly sport. It never happened. Along with losing his shirt he also lost a good deal of the money he might have won as one of poker's ranking tournament players at the time. For instance, Mike won the prestigious European Finals Of Poker, held in Paris in 2000.
I have no knowledge of how much Mike may be banking the currently running "World Poker Tour." But he appears to be sticking to his earlier goal. And I'll bet he would be a frequent contender if he were allowed to play in the World Series.
William Alan Hafey
I love your magazine and can hardly wait until the next issue comes out after I have read the last one. But to my disgust I received the newest issue with Greg Raymer [the World Series of Poker champion] on the cover. Why, why, why would you do this before the final table is aired tonight, 9/14/04? I have been trying my hardest to not look this info up on the 'Net so that I could enjoy this great event on television. Now I get to watch my friends enjoy a cigar and not know who wins until the final hand. I have to sit and try not to give my information away. I am very displeased. Your caliber of magazine should have caught this mistake. I'm sure many other people's surprise was ruined, too.
Editor's note: Mr. McDonald, the thought never even occurred to us that there might be some suspense in this. The World Series of Poker took place in May, and Greg Raymer's victory was widely covered at the time. We're sorry that you didn't get to see the victory for the first time on ESPN. But both Pokerstars.com (one of Raymer's sponsors) and ESPN helped us put the cover together. They thought it was a good idea. And we thought it was good for poker in America. If more people watched the event because of our cover, that's good for the game.
I am an inmate at the federal correctional institution at Fort Dix, New Jersey. I was just getting into cigars prior to my incarceration, so I am very, very thankful for the opportunity to read about the many varied cigars out there just waiting for me to enjoy once again. I can imagine how the smoke of each cigar would dance across my palate, just from the descriptions published in each issue. I have been compiling a list of cigars I want to have at the ready for my return home, including a Diplomatico No. 2 and a Partagas Serie D No. 4.
Fort Dix, New Jersey