May/June 2022
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Gambling Guide • May/June 2022

This special issue of Cigar Aficionado is the ultimate gambling guide, featuring poker legend Phil Hellmuth, strategies on how to win in a casino and so much more. We get to know Hellmuth, poker's bad boy, show you how to play blackjack, craps, baccarat, poker and roulette, give you strategies to succeed at sports betting, and even find the best cigar-friendly casinos. Plus, a profile of golfer Justin Thomas, who is emerging as one of the game's greats, and the triumphant rise of Tequila. We'll also look at a few celebrities' favorite cigars, expert cigar reviews, the current boom of the cigar industry, and so much more.

Features

The Poker Brat

The Poker Brat

They don’t call Phil Hellmuth the Poker Brat for nothing. He is notorious for John McEnroe caliber meltdowns and storm-outs. Cursing cards, bad-mouthing opponents’ play, trashing …

Cigar Aficionado's Gambling Guide

Cigar Aficionado's Gambling Guide

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 …

America’s Cigar-Friendly Casinos

America’s Cigar-Friendly Casinos

Arizona Harrah’s Ak-Chin, Maricopa Just outside of Phoenix, this casino has a small smoker-friendly section, 23 table games and more than 1,000 slots. …

The Young Gentleman of Golf

The Young Gentleman of Golf

Justin Thomas took his seat in a private dining room at the TPC Sawgrass in late February, wearing a sharp blue golf shirt, crisp white golf slacks and casual white shoes. The …

Tequila is Hot!

Tequila is Hot!

Pop quiz: Name the oldest original North American spirit, a drink that is absolutely booming on the American market and being discovered by waves of new enthusiasts who are …

Cigars

My Favorite Cigar

My Favorite Cigar

Cigar aficionados, including Charles Barkley, describe their smoke of choice.

A Year To Remember

A Year To Remember

Handmade cigar imports reached more than 450 million units in 2021, the best year since the 1990s.

ProCigar Festival Returns to the Dominican Republic

ProCigar Festival Returns to the Dominican Republic

After canceling because of Covid, this major cigar festival is back.

Cuba’s Newest Brand: Romeo Línea de Oro

Cuba’s Newest Brand: Romeo Línea de Oro

Habanos has created a super-premium version of Romeo y Julieta.

Connoisseur’s Corner: Punch Double Corona (1994)

Connoisseur’s Corner: Punch Double Corona (1994)

It’s not surprising that nearly 30 years in a wooden 50-count cabinet has made the first puffs of this cigar quite cedary, but the heavy woodiness dissipates for a smoke that …

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

Alec Bradley Black Market Churchill

Issue Date: June 1, 2022
Alec Bradley Black Market Churchill
93
points

Romeo y Julieta Línea de Oro Nobles

Issue Date: June 1, 2022
Romeo y Julieta Línea de Oro Nobles
93
points

Cuaba Distinguidos

Issue Date: June 1, 2022
Cuaba Distinguidos
93
points

Partagás Serie E No. 2

Issue Date: June 1, 2022
Partagás Serie E No. 2

Up Front

Place Your Bets

Place Your Bets

Does your heart pump a little faster when you hear the melodic song of slot machines, or the snap of a card as it’s dealt from a dealer’s shoe? Then get ready to enjoy this issue …

The Good Life

Dundonald Links, Ayrshire, Scotland

Dundonald Links, Ayrshire, Scotland

If the pandemic had its silver linings they came when hoteliers used the lull to pursue large-scale redevelopment and golf enjoyed one of its biggest annual participation booms in …

Outdoor Ashtrays

Outdoor Ashtrays

Summer means warmer temperatures that invite enjoying your cigars outdoors. But other elements of alfresco smoking will wreak havoc on your delicate indoor smoking gear: the wind, …

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 50th Anniversary

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 50th Anniversary

When Audemars Piguet introduced its Royal Oak in 1972, few could have ever predicted that the revolutionary stainless-steel sport watch with high-end finishing and a price tag to …

Gin‘n’It

Gin‘n’It

Looking for a new drink that mixes the frontier spirit with Jazz Age naughtiness and even a dash of your choice of modern enhancement? Gin‘n’It just may be it. The drink’s …

Dressed to Grill

Dressed to Grill

It’s always heartwarming on Father’s Day when the kids finally recognize that Dad is not a place to hang novelty ties and decide he deserves gifts that recognize his rightful …

Giant Short Ribs

Giant Short Ribs

They’re the ribs Fred Flintstone would order. You can call them giant short ribs or dinosaur bones,  the correct name is beef plate short rib. And they’re arguably the best piece …

Cool Clubs

Cool Clubs

You may consider yourself an average golfer, but odds are you’re not—at least as far as clubs are concerned. Clubs have five key specifications—length, lie angle, loft, shaft …

Vintage Casino Chips

Vintage Casino Chips

It’s been said that whoever invented gambling was smart. But the guy who invented chips was a genius. But gamblers who choose not to cash in their casino chips may be the smartest …

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