Card sharps lured eight accountants into games by posing as potential clients during meetings, court finds Four 'skilled cheaters' have been found guilty of swindling accountants out of $2.5 million in a poker scam, known as Tin Sin Kuk or the Heavenly Swindle. Benne Yau Wai-hung, 37, Kwok Yung-kwan, 46, Lee Wai-tat, 39, and Cheok Weng-son, 47, were yesterday convicted in the District Court of a total of eight counts of cheating at gambling. They had denied all the charges. The four cheated eight accountants during poker games at business lunches on eight occasions between March and August last year. The accountants, who went to the lunches in the hope of drumming up clients, lost between $62,000 and $623,000 each. Deputy District Court Judge Andrew Chan Hing-wai yesterday described the four accused as 'skilful cheaters', rather than skilful poker players. He noted that while stakes were low in the first two rounds, the stake was significantly increased in the third round. Invariably the victim would be holding three of a kind in the third round - but one of the defendants would have a better hand. The judge said he 'did not need a mathematician' to tell him the probability of such an occurrence. He noted that in poker, the 'skilful player may in [the] long term triumph [over] ordinary players, but certainly not within three games'. The judge said that after taking into consideration all evidence in the case, he was certain fraud or deception was employed during the card games. The court was told one of the defendants would phone an accountant under a false identity, pretending to need tax or auditing services undertaken. The accountant would then be lured to a lunch meeting where the topic of cards would inevitably come up. The accountant would then be persuaded into joining a game. Judge Chan issued an arrest warrant against Cheok, who did not turn up for yesterday's verdict. He had been released on bail. One of the alleged accomplices, Wong Tin-kwai, 50, was acquitted of cheating at gambling. Two other alleged accomplices, Wong Chi-leung, 30 and Chan Sui-ming, 40, were acquitted of a single count of handling the gambling debt collected from the accountants. The case was adjourned until July 5 for sentencing.