I think the most important aspect of dealing with kids like this is to have an honest, coaching conversation with them.
One that illustrates the complexities involved in making a living gambling.
You dont want to come from, Its not possible, because obviously it is.
There are thousands of professional poker players in the world, but I cant think of a handful of pros that are successful today that are not treating it like a serious job and working hard both playing and studying the game.
So my intention in this coaching conversation is to really illustrate what it takes to make a living doing this.
To have them fully understand what it really looks like, but doing so in such a way where its they themselves that are realizing it, rather than me preaching to them that they shouldnt bother trying.
I start by explaining to them that a professional poker player is a small business owner, in the business of entertaining their customers (players who arent as skilled as they are).
Most every successful business has a mission statement.
Since this is a one man small business lets call it a vision statement.
The vision statement should be one to two sentences on exactly what you want to see for the company.
You are the company of course, so I would encourage you to write this vision statement now.
It could look something like this: My vision in poker is to use it as a vehicle to create abundance in my life.