The early chip lead goes to Finland's Mikko Turtiainen. We recently caught Turtianen in a hand with Tam Truong. We didn't manage to get all the preflop betting amounts, but Turtiainen was in the cut-off seat and Truon on the button when both players committed over 2,500 in chip each.
On the flop, Turtiainen led out for 2,700 and Truong then popped it to 5,700. Turtiainen quickly made it another 5,000 to go and Truong got out of his seat to check his opponent's stack. Eventually Truong opted to fold, with Turtiainen having him well covered.
With that, Turtiainen took down a handy little pot and easily sits behind the largest stack in the room.