It just didn't work this time out. After the first break of the single stack Mookie, I targeted the big stack at the new table I'd been moved to in an attempt to double through and build a big stack for the late game.
Here's what I did.
Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 60/120 Blinds, 9 Players
Hero (BB): 2,874
Pre-Flop: (180) A A dealt to Hero (BB)
2 folds, UTG+2 raises to 369, 5 folds, Hero calls 249
Flop: (798) T 6 9 (2 Players)
Hero bets 2,505 and is All-In, UTG+2 folds
Results: 798 Pot
Hero mucked A A and WON 798 (+429 NET)
I tried a flop OBFV hoping a hand like JJ-KK would stack off, or get a light call by KT or a pair + straight draw. No dice this time, however.
Full Tilt Poker, NL Hold'em Tournament, 80/160 Blinds, 8 Players
Hero (CO): 3,123
Pre-Flop: (240) A K dealt to Hero (CO)
Hero raises to 500, BB calls 340
Flop: (1,080) 8 7 T (2 Players)
BB checks, Hero bets 2,623 and is All-In, BB calls 2,623
Turn: (6,326) Q (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
River: (6,326) 7 (2 Players - 1 is All-In)
Results: 6,326 Pot
BB showed J J (two pair, Jacks and Sevens) and WON 6,326 (+3,203 NET)
Hero showed A K (a pair of Sevens) and LOST (-3,123 NET)
My range vs. JJ on the flop is way, way ahead: even with AKs I am a 53% favourite to win with two cards to come, and all my other possible hands are made hands ahead of JJ right off the top.
Comments, questions? I like this strategy in a winner-take-all tournament series like the BBT3 where the cash prizes are largely irrelevant compared to the first place finish.