We’ve all felt the lure of a casino: the beacon of its neon lights; the siren call of the cheering crowd as it flocks to a hot table, the hypnotic rhythm of the pill as it trips around a spinning roulette wheel, waiting to drop. We all dream of throwing the dice on an epic run of craps or finding a blackjack shoe that keeps spitting face cards. The world of gambling entices us with its potential for payoffs, but it can quickly punish those who don’t know what they’re doing with a bad beat.
Cigar Aficionado has covered gambling for all 30 years of the magazine’s history, but we’ve never given you anything like this before, a complete package that shows how and where to gamble. We dissect the most exciting games in the casino, telling you the best strategies to play blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and tournament poker. Then we go deep inside the rapidly changing world of sports betting, which is (as of this writing) legal in 30 U.S. states. A special roundup even points out the very best cigar-friendly casinos across the country—a surprising number of them are located outside of Las Vegas.
This incredible cover package also includes a profile of one of the gambling world’s biggest stars, poker legend Phil Hellmuth (see page 48), who has won more World Series of Poker bracelets than any other man. And just like us, he also enjoys fine cigars. We hope this package makes you smile, and puts a little money in your pocket on your next trip to the casino. We’ll see you at the (cigar-friendly) tables.