It’s a story of alleged swindlers that could have been inspired by the Hong Kong action comedies, God of Gamblers starring Chow Yun-fat and its sequel, God of Gamblers 2 starring Stephen Chow. Five multimillionaires allegedly lost more than 120 million yuan (HK$150 million) in six months to a gang of conmen using hi-tech surveillance equipment as they played games of mahjong, mainland media reports. The rich players from Shenzhen were allegedly caught out by an elaborate scam in which the thieves used gadgets such as sophisticated spy cameras and computer analysing software to repeatedly win the stakes in games against their unsuspecting rivals, New Express reported. One of the multimillionaires lost more than 42 million yuan over the six months. The tactics used by the alleged thieves are reminiscent of the hit films starring the two Hong Kong actors. Four men pleaded not guilty when they went on trial in Shenzhen on Thursday charged with obtaining 125.1 million yuan by deception. One of the multimillionaires rented an apartment in Shenzhen’s Futian district, which he and his friends had used for playing high-stakes games of mahjong since July 2013, New Express reported. The alleged scam began at the end of 2013 after the conmen reportedly installed surveillance equipment, including sensors, spy cameras, walkie-talkies and advanced mahjong analysing software throughout the apartment. The four accused also allegedly set up a control room in a nearby building, which they used to monitor the players during mahjong games. The court was told the conmen would take it in turns to play mahjong against the five rich men while their co-conspirators would tip them off about what mahjong tiles the other people held and were going to play, New Express reported. It was not until last May, after the multimillionares had allegedly lost stakes totalling more than 120 million yuan between them while failing to win a single game, that they began to suspect that they had fallen victim to an elaborate scam. The trial continues.