UPDATE: this contest is now closed


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Juan Cancel and Bill Ives were among Cigar Dojo’s first members when the app launched in 2012—later inducted into the Cigar Dojo Hall of Fame in 2014. The two cigar hobbyists quickly gained significant followings on Cigar Dojo and other social media platforms and in 2015 they officially embarked on the dream of near-any cigar enthusiast—launching their own cigar brand at the 2015 IPCPR show.

The company’s name combines the ethnic background of the co-founders—Cubariqueño—as Bill is of Cuban decent and Juan Puerto Rican. Sharing an affinity for boutique products, the duo sought help from industry veteran Erik Espinosa and his La Zona factory in Estelí for the brand’s debut release—Protocol—inspired by Juan and Bill’s backgrounds in law enforcement.

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And for 2016, Cubariqueño returned to IPCPR with the followup release: Protocol Probable Cause. Probable Cause is the yin to the original cigar’s yang; featuring a savory, Mexican San Andrés wrapper over Nicaraguan fillers (as opposed to the original’s Habano wrapper). The cigars quickly bolstered the company’s cult-favorite status, with a healthy expansion outside their original retail location (Berkeley Humidor) in New Jersey. It was a massive year for the small, upstart company, with critical and consumer acclaim—going on to win multiple year-end awards for 2016, including Cigar Dojo’s “Under the Radar Cigar of the Year”!

Click “play” on the video below to see Cigar Dojo’s video plaque, honoring their achievements:

Contest Theme: Huge Ash

The long-running joke at Cigar Dojo (started by Juan & Bill) is to debate the topic: “Who’s fatter, Juan or Bill?”

In the spirit of satire, we’d like to see your take on the theme of the “Huge Ash”. Whether this is literal (ash contests, etc.) or a little more creative (I think you know where we’re going here…), have some fun and enter to win the award-winning Probable Cause cigars!

Entry examples:

  • Show us the most gnarly cigar ash you can muster
  • Hi my name is Hugh Jash, nice to meet you! #hugeAsh
  • Photoshop Juan and/or Bill (just keep it PG13)
Use #hugeAsh with entries

To enter the contest:

  1. Take a photo that involves cigars and the “huge ash” theme
  2. Post your picture on the Cigar Dojo app
  3. Include hashtag #hugeAsh

Grand Prize

There will be TWO grand prize winners this week! BOTH winner will receive a full, 10-count box of the new Protocol Probable Cause cigars in the 6.5″ x 48 Churchill size! Unlike the original cigar (packaged in paper bundles), the Probable Cause sequel showcases solid, hinged, wooden boxes for better protection. The blend has been turning heads since its launch last year—offering sweet and savory flavors of chocolate, coffee, and red-pepper-seasoned steak! Not only did Cigar Dojo rate the cigar a whopping 92 points, it was also selected as our “Under the Radar” cigar for 2016… Dojo, you’re in for a treat!

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Our contest this week will run from Thursday, January 26th at 6pm (EST) until Friday, January 27th at 9pm (EST). The winners will be announced on Friday night, during this week’s episode of Smoke Night Live, featuring Juan Cancel and Bill Ives.

Please, no Google images!

Yes, you may photoshop images together to create your own creative entry. Just don’t flood the Dojo with memes you found on the web. 

*Contest winners will be picked by the Cigar Dojo staff and Cubariqueño based on creativity and best overall image/statement fitting the contest theme.

Entries are limited to 2 per person per day

Contest presented by CigarDojo.com. This contest and other contests on the Dojo website and Cigar Dojo app are NOT sponsored by Apple inc. or any of it’s partners in any way. Estimated retail value of prizes $200.00. No substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent of prizes by any winner. No purchase necessary. Winners MUST email their name and shipping address to sensei@cigardojo.com – failure to claim prize within seven (7) days from the win date shall be deemed null and void and shall result in forfeiture. Must be 21 or older to participate. Odds of winning depend on number of customer entries, winners picked at random contestants may have multiple entries. Taxes and fees, if any, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of CigarDojo.com are ineligible. This contest is void where prohibited by law and subject to local, state and federal law. Only original images or original compositions will be considered in the final selections. We are not responsible for prizes that may become lost or damaged during shipping. Many will enter, few will win.

Please note that to enter tobacco related product giveaways you must be 18 years old (or the minimum age in your local jurisdiction, whichever is higher).


Create your own status update for Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and earn extra credit

Want to help out the Dojo? Post your entries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (as well as Cigar Dojo of course) and try to include four of these five elements:






An example might be….

Quit being a #hugeAsh and succumb to the power of the 🅿️ ! Enter to win @jcancel515 Protocol cigars @CigarDojo app! https://cigardojo.com/?p=29883


Enter to win Protocol Probable Cause cigars this week at @CigarDojo app using #hugeAsh @jcancel515 @cubanassassinnj https://cigardojo.com/?p=29883

Extra credit entries add to your chances of being picked for the prize

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