March/April 2010
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Phil Ivey • March/April 2010

In the April issue of Cigar Aficionado, we sit across the felt from Phil Ivey and talk about the perks that come along with being perhaps the greatest professional poker player today. Plus we survey the best of the best in luxury cars, talk with Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres about his love for the good life, and visit the Oliva Family, Nicaragua's next big cigar story.

Features

Playing in Ivey's League

Playing in Ivey's League

On the evening of November 8, 2009, less than 24-hours after busting out of the World Series of Poker main event final table, Phil Ivey indulges in one of his favorite pursuits: …

A Return to Classic

A Return to Classic

Perhaps it was the 40th anniversary of the first automatic chronograph from 1969. Or maybe it has simply been the recent economic situation wreaking havoc on the growth of the …

Divine Machinery

Divine Machinery

The rich are different from you and me," F. Scott Fitzgerald reportedly declared. "Yes," replied Ernest Hemingway, "they have more money." These days, "Papa" might have come up …

Golf's Traveling Circus

Golf's Traveling Circus

31,250. That's how many miles I've put on my car in the last year. In that time, my dinged-up, 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage has seen seven or eight engine services and oil changes, four …

Late Bloomers

Late Bloomers

The Young Guns of the PGA Tour were locked and loaded to start the 2009 season. Anthony Kim, Camillo Villegas, Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, the 20-somethings with wicked games, …

Cigars

Nicaragua’s Next Giant

Nicaragua’s Next Giant

With its penchant for innovative smokes and a sizable supply of tobacco leaf, Oliva Cigar Co. has doubled production since 2006.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Saint Luis Rey Corona

Issue Date: April 1, 2010
Saint Luis Rey Corona
93
points

C.A.O. La Traviata Divino

Issue Date: April 1, 2010
C.A.O. La Traviata Divino
93
points

Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Natural

Issue Date: April 1, 2010
Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Natural
92
points
Bolivar Especiales No. 2 Exclusivo Alemania

Up Front

Nothing But The Truth

Nothing But The Truth

We like to think that the scientific community doesn't lie. We like to believe that there are standards for research that adhere to basic principles of accuracy and, to the extent …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading about the Top 25 Best Cigars of the Year. The February issue was very informative and entertaining. With so …

The Good Life

Sonos ZonePlayer S5

Sonos ZonePlayer S5

Sonos nailed the winning formula for whole-home audio when its first system debuted in 2005. Start with wireless connectivity—meaning no need to drill holes, pull cables or hire …

Scents and Sensibility

Scents and Sensibility

Fragrance is the anomaly of the style world. It can’t be seen, touched or heard, but its statement is nonetheless resounding. While it’s a one-size-fits-all product, cologne makes …

Smoke on the Water

Smoke on the Water

Imagine a place with high-end accommodations, fine dining and first-class amenities that include luxurious smoking venues stocked with Cuban cigars and the top-shelf spirits. Now …

David Yurman Classic Chronograph

David Yurman Classic Chronograph

David Yurman and his family are best known as jewelers. Their shabby chic, East Coast style, with an emphasis on silver instead of gold, has created an iconic American look for …

Auction Spirits

Auction Spirits

A little more than two years ago when the gavel went down on a bottle of Macallan 1926 for $54,000 at Christie’s auction house in New York City, the sale hammered in a new era for …

Andre Garcia Ludwig Briefcase

Andre Garcia Ludwig Briefcase

Remember the original multitasking attaché case carried by James Bond in From Russia with Love ? Besides classified documents, it concealed 40 rounds of ammunition, a throwing …

CB3 Tour Driver

CB3 Tour Driver

Every year, something new and hot fires the imagination of the world of golf. A Pro-V1 Titleist golf ball. A Taylormade R9 driver. Belly-putters. A top teacher’s new swing lesson. …

Pasta

Pasta

"Come over here, kid, learn something. You never know, you might have to cook for 20 guys someday." So speaks Peter Clemenza, the larger-than-life capo in the classic film The …

Jaguar XFR

Jaguar XFR

Every so often, a car comes along that redefines a brand. Sometimes it transforms the industry as well. That happened with the March 1961 launch of the Jaguar E-Type—a grand …

Ride the Luge

Ride the Luge

What the Winter Olympics lack in Gatorade wattage, they more than make up for in weirdness. The Games can be a curiosity shop of oddball sports—with inscrutable rituals (curling?) …