Definitely got me thinking. I tend to agree with Irexes, I like it more if we're doing it with a hand that allows us to either lose a small pot or win a big one. Sure we're setting things up so that we can take the weak player's chips later on, but I figure so much the better if we do it with a hand that gives us at least a chance of taking them right now too. Like Chuck says, they won't be at our table forever.
Something like a suited gapper or a low connector would probably be my weapon of choice.
The other reason I'm thinking we need a hand with at least some potential to do this is that I'm not sure we're going to have much real effect on Player B's drawing price postflop.
We might be juicing the pot preflop and giving him a better price to hang around with T8o etc, but postflop surely we need to get out unless we hit? We do that, and Player A will go right back to charging B the wrong price again. The chips will once again be flowing away from us and into the hands of the tough player. Something like this:
Player A (40BB) open raises to 3BB
Player B (30BB) calls
Hero (35BB) calls from the button with 9s7s
Blinds fold, 10.5BB in the pot
Player A bets 7BB
Player B calls
At this stage, B is getting the wrong price (unless my math is wrong) to call with either QJ or a diamond draw, and long term the money is still flowing back to Player A. He'll be getting the right price if we
call, but I don't see how we can do that.
One thing we have achieved is we've forced Players A and B to play a slightly bigger pot. With stack sizes as they are though I don't think it makes too much of a difference.
Maybe it works better in a limped pot, where there'll likely be other players (the blinds, at the very least) who can do our postflop odds
-correction for us?
One other thought, does this have to be restricted to tournaments?
My cash game inexperience is probably showing here, but it occurs that you're probably more likely to find the right circumstances for this (deep stacks and a stable lineup) in a cash game rather than a tournament.