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Greg Raymer • Sept/Oct 2004

Pick up your latest issue of Cigar Aficionado, and go all-in with 2004 World Series of Poker Champion Greg Raymer. Also, go on the set of a new TV show filmed in a cigar bar, the greatest golf course designers, a 1989 Cohiba Robusto, the re-making of Aston Martin, the journey of a cigar from seed to shelf, the unraveling of Montecristo's fame and much, much more.

Features

The Poker Ace

The Poker Ace

On a Saturday afternoon at a back table in Foxwoods Casino's sprawling poker room, Greg "Fossilman" Raymer steps up and sets down his blue nylon gym bag. He reaches inside the …

Winner Take All

Winner Take All

Immediately after you arrive at Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport, the impact of the poker boom hits you. It's illustrated on the walls of Terminal B in the form of big, …

Golf's Land Sculptors

Golf's Land Sculptors

Hundreds gathered by the bay, right about where the first hole would be, to listen to the men who would shape the land into a world-class golf course. One was Jack Nicklaus, the …

Aston Aspirations

Aston Aspirations

Newport Pagnell is the sort of faintly quaint English village one might expect to find in an E. M. Forster novel, but certainly not on the pages of Business Week. Odds are you'd …

Net Gains

Net Gains

No doubt you've mastered the basics of life in the Internet age—e-mailing, banking online, Googling favorite actresses, and so on. But many of the most useful online opportunities …

Transforming the Jewel

Transforming the Jewel

In a cool spring night, the new prototype of a Pebble Beach family rolls up to the entranceway outside the venerable Lodge in a late-model SUV. If they own a set of golf clubs, …

Fantastic Fabrics

Fantastic Fabrics

"Touch it." Alan Katzman is proffering the sleeve of a suit jacket custom tailored from fabric woven of 93 percent vicuna and 7 percent silk. The suit, made for a very wealthy …

Uality Time

Uality Time

Switzerland is the center of the earth for wristwatches. Every April, the two most important watch fairs in the world—Salon International de Horlogerie in Geneva and Baselworld …

Lights, Camera, Cigars

Lights, Camera, Cigars

Set in a cigar club, the new film Blowing Smoke elevates the stogie to a starring role to help explore man's essential nature gangster and the ambitious swagger of the business …

Cigars

From Seed to Shelf

From Seed to Shelf

Five years ago, the cigar you're smoking was nothing more than tiny little seeds

Smoking Out the Terrorists

Smoking Out the Terrorists

G-Man Pat D'Amuro is helping the FBI wage war on America's enemies but still finds time to light up

Cuba's Icon: Montecristo Cigars

Cuba's Icon: Montecristo Cigars

The country's top-selling brand isn't always its best

Ratings from this Issue

92
points

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto

Issue Date: October 1, 2004
Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto
92
points

Trinidad Fundadores

Issue Date: October 1, 2004
Trinidad Fundadores
91
points

Montecristo White Montecristo Court

Issue Date: October 1, 2004
Montecristo White Montecristo Court
90
points

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo

Issue Date: October 1, 2004
Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo

Up Front

Good News for Cigar Lovers

Good News for Cigar Lovers

It's been a while since we talked about the state of the cigar industry. We didn't want to jinx what appeared to be the first signs of real growth since 1997. But the trend has …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, My blood is boiling with anger. I am just pulling my hair out as I type away. The treatment of Mr. Richard "Mick" Connors is just out-of-this-world wrong. As we …

The Good Life

Qualia 016 Digital Camera

Qualia 016 Digital Camera

If James Bond's trusty gadget guru, Q, had wanted to invent a miniscule camera that could take high-quality shots on the sly and be worthy of slipping in and out of the stylish …

The City Coat

The City Coat

Call it the city coat, urban coat, barn coat, weekend coat or plain old car coat, the coolest item this fall fashion season is a garment that can't be pigeonholed by any one of …

Chrysler Crossfire Roadster Humidor

Chrysler Crossfire Roadster Humidor

Women must think men have some sort of mental defect when it comes to buying new cars. We find a great deal that saves us thousands and then a slippery salesman baits-and-hooks us …

The Point, Adirondacks, New York

The Point, Adirondacks, New York

In a time when cell phones and Blackberrys keep us constantly connected, it's not always easy to get away from society's hectic pace and put business aside, even when you're on …

American Caviar

American Caviar

Tired of spending upwards of $100 an ounce for caviar and then fretting that you're not getting the real thing or—worse—threatening the ecosystem? Lovers of salty roe are looking …

Montblanc StarWalker Pens

Montblanc StarWalker Pens

Just sign your name in the space below."You reach into your suit jacket and bare your new Montblanc StarWalker pen. You unscrew the cap and sign with such gusto that the document …

Martin Archery Mamba Bow

Martin Archery Mamba Bow

Perhaps the bravest shot ever taken with a bow and arrow that didn't involve killing animal or man was that taken by Antonio Rebollo in 1992. Standing in complete darkness, …

Cadillac STS

Cadillac STS

When you plant your flag at the top of the hill, there's nowhere to go but down. As the self-proclaimed "standard of the world," Cadillac spent the '80s and '90s in free fall, …

Air Combat School

Air Combat School

The bogey flashes below me at 270 mph. "Roll! Roll!" I hear in my helmet mic. Racing somewhere in the deep blue sky at 4,000 feet, I bank left—the g-forces press down hard on my …

Seghesio Zinfandel Home Ranch, Alexander Valley

Seghesio Zinfandel Home Ranch, Alexander Valley

Zinfandel is the quintessential American grape, reaching its zesty, berry-scented heights in only select California vineyards and, like this country, constantly reinventing …