Late Night (Talk Show) Poker

Nightline and Leno talk online poker

by , Sep 1, 2010 | 6:10 am

It’s a rare moment to have online poker discussed on late night TV, but Tuesday night had two separate programs dedicated time to the topic.

First, ABC’s Nightline aired their segment on teenagers winning big playing online poker:

Later, NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno featured Barney Frank, and when the subject came around to ways to raise revenues (around 3:45), Frank offered his support of legislation regulating online poker. Leno — making appearances this month at the Mirage in Vegas — wasn’t supporting the idea:


  • DanM

    i can’t get the youtube vid to play. is that just me or a problem for others as well? looks like a bad connection, but everything else is loading fine.

  • Kevin Mathers

    I’d have linked the NBC version, but they split up a 7-minute segment into two parts, and the online gambling conversation took part in both.

  • DanM

    just watched the nightline vid. damn, i don’t think poker coulda asked for a better piece.

  • Ok… yes you have that kid in the first video who is making money online, but I agree with Leno! It’s ironic that Barney Frank made mention of gambling in Mississippi, but I can tell you first hand the River Boat gambling casinos trashed that city. Everybody got addicted to poker games, and now they’re broke bums! However, on the other hand, I agree that the Gov’t shouldn’t be able to tell you what to do with your money.

  • benjammin509

    Intersting point on the Nightline piece about the “zero sum” economics of it all.

  • benjammin509

    Holy crap, just watched the second video. Leno needs to shut the fuck up and do his regular schtick of fawning all over his guests.