Originally Posted by Swear Engine
Self-exclude yourself from the blackjack and other side games.
You're 19, and dangerous. Most dangerous to yourself.
I'll assume your general play is reasonable, and your problem is not the play of the cards, but your ego and the execution of the plan.. Your AA example was just a bad beat, but shows us that your expectations are in control, not your executions. An execution is a deliberate action in response to a situation. You make a plan, and you execute that plan. Your ego, and your expectations are clouding the picture your plan requires.
SO at this point, your plan should focus, IMHO, on MINIMIZING losses. Easier said than done. You can never eliminate losses in poker, but you can re-evaluate situations that have caused you pain. We can help if you post HH's (hand histories) on what you thought were correct plays that turned south for you.
Either you need to treat poker as a side biz, or a hobby. If a hobby then you can continue to blow your wad, and not feel too bad about it. If it is a biz for you, then treat it as such. Be methodical, and plan well. Avoid things that derail the plan.
Incidentally, you are probably, being 19, the #1 distraction to your own success. DO NOT take that overly personal. It is a function of age, and old folks will tell you, man after man, after woman, that at 19 they were too self involved for their own good.
The fact that you say your game needs no improvement should be seen as a statement that it does indeed need improvement because you are losing money. The game is bigger than the play of the cards.
Take all these comments constructively. We don't know if you are a Prince Charming or a total asshole. We do care that you care enough to seek advice. And we can help.