Originally Posted by loafes
Waiting for premiums is a mistake. Obviously there are other considerations like position relative to this player since having players behind will affect our calling ranges, but if we are closing the action and only calling with the very top of our range then we are missing out on alot of value.
Someone who is shoving with every hand could have anything. The way you win against those types of players is by calling all-in with any pair and premium hands, possibly even Ax. That is what I would do if the guy was shoving 100% of hands.
If he is just a wild unpredictable player who might shove half the time or less, then against that kind of player you just play the cards you are dealt the way you would normally play. After lots of folding and seeing some flops you will eventually hit something that you will find worthy of an all-in call.
The difference here versus the 100% shove situation is that you will see a flop here perhaps 50% or more of the time. When the flop is inconsequential (i.e. doesn't matter because you won't see it until after you made an all-in decision) then you just have to think in terms of whether or not your two cards are likely better than his/her two cards: someone pushing all in 100% of the time is likely to be weak a great percentage of the time and so Ax, and any pair will probably take him out barring any "changes of fortune" on the flop, turn, or river..