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  1. Silly question, if shipping from Oz where are the health warning stickers placed? Directly on the box?
  2. What happened to the head of that cigar? Would be super jealous, but I'm off to Costa Rica in two days!
  3. This one is classic. My old boss only smoked NC Punch Churchills. He liked the flavors and only bought that size because anytime he did not have time for a full churchill he could always just chop it in half! Odd man. My first cigars were all Opus X as I was a brash college student and wanted to "smoke the best" My local B&M had em at MSRP so they were affordable. I think that first summer I threw up at least three times after golfing in 90 degree heat, carrying my bag for 18 holes, smoking an opus and a few beers all on an empty stomach! Go me.
  4. Tmac, that is traditional chinese poker which is what I originally learned. Try this version, it is amazing. In fact the craze is so big that the WSOP is adding a 5k Open face event this year!
  5. Cool, I am actually heading out to play now but will type something up and have it posted in the next day or so.
  6. Anyone else playing this game? So much fun and addictive and really a perfect compliment to cigars/drinks and hanging out with friends. If there is interest from the card guys out there I will post a thorough list of rules and play guide. Game is amazing and has replaced holdem at my cigar lounge as what we play late at night! Ok here is a guide! Will do my best to give clear instructions, but post with specific questions and I will do my best to answer and possibly post some pics. Basics: 2-4 players. By the end of the hand each player will have 13 total cards. Those cards must be divided into a three separate poker hands; a 3 three card hand (top) a 5 card hand (middle) and a 5 card hand (bottom). Strength of hand follows normal poker rules (straights/flushes do not count in three card hand). The main rule is that your bottom hand must be stronger than your middle hand which must be stronger than your top hand. Otherwise your hand is void. By stronger I mean a better poker hand. For example a valid hand would be a flush on bottom, two pair in the middle and one pair up top. A void hand could be a full house on bottom, A high in the middle and pair of twos up top. Simple enough but you are probably wondering how could someone ever void in the above example just put the twos in the middle and the A high up top right? Well it’s not quite that easy. . . Gameplay: Lets assume there are 4 players (A,B,C,D) A is the dealer. He deals five cards to each player. B is to A's immediate left and is the first player to "set" his hand. B will look at his five cards and put them face up in front of him into any of his three hands (Top middle or bottom). Once set though, those cards are locked in and cannot be moved. Suppose B gets dealt AcAs6h6c10c. Good setting options include putting AA66 on bottom (one spot open) and 10 in middle (four spots open) leaving all three top spots open; or AA10 on bottom (two spots open) and 66 in middle (three spots open) again leaving top open. Once B sets his hand C goes next. Notice C has the advantage of seeing B's cards. Suppose C has three clubs and was thinking of going for a flush on bottom. Well now he sees that A already has three clubs and should probably set with a different strategy. Once C sets then D sets and finally the dealer (A). After all cards are set A will deal each player one card face down. B sets his new card into any of his three hands C, D and A follow suit. This continues until all of the cards are dealt or in a game with less then four players until each player has 13 cards. At this point everyone has a three card top hand a five card middle and a five card bottom. Now we score! Scoring: This is done in three stages. First all players compare top hands then middle then bottom. The strongest top hand wins one point from all three other players. (+3). The second strongest top hand wins one point from the two players he beats and pays one to the top hand for a net of (+1). The third strongest hand collects from the last place top hand but pays one to each of the two stronger hands for a (-1) net. Finally, the worst hand pays everyone one (-3). In a four handed game is it faster to have the worst hand pay 3 to the best hand and second to last pays second 1. Note you end up with the same result. Scoring process is repeated for the middle hand and then the bottom. If any player gets first in all three hands they scoop/sweep and collect a three point bonus from everyone else. If any player has a void hand they pay 6 points to everyone. In a four handed game voiding will cost your 18 points (6 to all three other players!) plus royalty bonuses which are explained below. Royalties: In addition to the above mentioned scoring there are royalty bonuses for making strong hands. This makes the game much more fun as it encourages players to go for strong hands instead of just playing to never void. A royalty gets paid by all other players. If you void you do not collect any royalties, but still have to pay out any royalties. In the back row a straight is +2 from all players; flush +4; full house +6; Quads +10; Straight flush +15 and Royal Flush +25. Royalties are doubled for the middle row (but recall you cannot void!). On top you get +1 for a pair of sixes and one additional point for each higher pair up to +9 for Aces. 66=1; 77=2; 88=3 etc . . .Any Trips up top is worth +20. Easiest way to play is to use poker chips and have each chip worth one point. If playing for $ decide how much you want to play for and buy in like a normal game. We usually play for $1/point. There is one other little rule wrinkle that I will add after everyone gets the regular gameplay. But these are the basic rules and enough to get you addicted I promise! Post questions and I will do my best to answer! Enjoy!
  7. I'm sure many here have seen this, but it is so priceless. For those who have not, enjoy! I spent a good portion of the superbowl yelling "I want cake now!!!"
  8. I have done this a few times and never had a bad experience. Not sure if the cigar was better, but the water certainly did not adversly affect the burn and I do feel like the flavors were more pronounced. Next time I think I will pick two small guys from the same box. Wet one and not the other and give them to the subject to smoke simultaneously and see if there is a difference.
  9. Running into the local lounge to smoke a RASS and play some open face Chinese poker before heading to a friends for the game. I highly recommend OFC while smoking. So much fun and the gameplay is ideal for chlling, smoking, drinking and just having fun with a few friends. Everyone I have taught the game to is hooked, including my wife.
  10. Yeah, just thinking out loud. I actually did not miss it and am waiting for my Piramide Extras now!
  11. Could not resist getting some Piramide Extras at this price!
  12. Congratulations! Whatever you decide smoke with others close to you and it will always be a good memory.
  13. If he smokes stronger cigars a PSD4, otherwise a Mag 46. Perfect cigar size and great marca to show how much flavor can be in a cigar without it being super strong.
  14. I use those exact crystals with no problems. Picking out the blue ones (which I read on another forum) were indeed a pain in the ass. I ended up pouring it out a cup at a time onto a sheet of paper and using tweezers while watching tv. Wife thinks I am crazy.
  15. Iwan is my standard lounge and Richard is awesome. Any help that you guys could give would be appreciated by us all out here in Chicago. Very cool idea in posting. If anyone is ever in Chicago be sure to check out the lounge. Ben
  16. I have enjoyed all five books. Agree that book 4 was the slowest/worst. I feel like the author got overwhelmed by the sheer volume of characters and storylines and book four was used to tell all the minor plot lines at once. In any case I plowed through the five books and am looking forward to the sixth. I have not seen the HBO series.
  17. Cohiba Esplendidos. Still never had one. Pushing to get a box with Nov 11 date code as my "wedding cigar"
  18. Ha funny story about that. Night ended around 2 am when we lost one of the groomsmen. After a 90 min search of all cabana porches and along the beach with flashlights he was found 3/4 mile away passed out on the sand. My wife was the first one to see him and rushed ahead to discover that he was not moving and his eyes were open. After being prodded a few times he woke up and immediately raised his right hand to his face where he attempted to smoke the cigar he was holding! All ended well, but it was a bit tense for a few minutes and needless to say the party never recovered. Thanks for the well wishes guys.
  19. Pic of my wife and I at the end of the night.
  20. Well I had posted a list of all the cigars I planned to smoke while getting married in Mexico and was really looking forward to them all. Unfortunately I was misinformed as to how much time getting married actually takes! Landed in Cancun on a wet Tuesday and promptly got on the road to drive the 1.5 hours south to Tulum. As planned we stopped in Playa Del Carmen for lunch. The girls (wife and her maid of honor) gave me the afternoon off while they went to the local Sam's club for supplies and I was able to meet up with Rush (Rushman) at his cigar shop on 5th Ave. Nice little kiosk type store right in the middle of PDC and we cracked a few beers, sat on the porch and just talked cigars for 90 minutes. We smoked some 2003 Partagas Lonsdales. Mine had a perfect draw and was lighter then I remembered. Tasty, but not full of that Partagas spice I look for. Overall, a pleasant smoke and what would turn out to be the most relaxing cigar I had all trip! We stayed at Playa Azul hotel in Tulum and it was amazing! White sand beaches, turquoise water, and barely crowded. Additionally, our wedding party had all of the cabanas rented out for three days so it was literally like we had our own private beach. So nice. However, with all the family that came in and wedding prep I really did not have time for cigars like I had hoped. I was able to sneak in a 2002 Diplomaticos #4 on Thursday morning that was fantastic. Light flavors of sweetbread and creme cafe. Such a shame these are discontinued! The wedding itself was a huge success and there were a few boxes of Romeo y Julieta AT #2 circulating around. The cigars were a big hit with the guests as they are a good size for the non regular smoker and with a nice presentation in the tube.I had planned on a cigar picture with all of my smoking guests, but ended up forgetting. I enjoyed two of them that night and they both were fantastic. Medium to med full and had that nice cherrywood type flavor to the smoke. Lastly, I did smoke the Behike 52 in Cancun on Monday (after watching the Bears beat the Eagles on MNF). This was somewhat of a wasted smoke as I was so tired from the prior few days and a bit more intoxicated then I would have liked. Also the wind was really blowing which made the enjoyment level diminish. From what I recall the cigar was lighter then I expected, but very creamy and smooth with notes of vanilla. This is a cigar I would have liked to have saved for another time. So that was it cigar wise. The trip itself was fantastic, we were lucky to have amazing weather and a great showing of guests (73). A lot of my friends came and everyone was just chilling on the beach, drinking beer, playing frisbee, swimming etc . . . Great times and memories with family and friendsand I can't wait to go back for vacation. I attached a link to our photographer's blog where he has uploaded pictures in case anyone is interested. It is the Ben & Maggie wedding in Tulum. One good cigar pic of a couple of buddies enjoying at the reception. Someone has another good pic of my wife and I relaxing at the reception with a beer and a smoke so I will try to track that down and post as well.

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