You can't beat the slot machines in Seneca Niagara Casino.
Also, it's against the law to beat them up.
Just ask Lavar R. Bracy of Niagara Falls, who appeared in State Supreme Court in Lockport Thursday to answer a felony charge of doing $1,850 worth of damage to a slot machine Dec. 30.
Bracy put a quarter into the machine and things went wrong. Attorneys in the case weren't sure whether he lost his bet or the machine jammed and he couldn't get his money back.
At any rate, Bracy, 40, of 12th Street, was charged with shaking and pounding the machine so severely that it was heavily damaged.
He was offered a chance to plead guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal mischief, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison. However, the case was adjourned until Aug. 13 to give Bracy a chance to come up with the $1,850 in restitution to the casino.
As Bracy left the courtroom, Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. offered him some advice: "Next time, don't blame the machine. Blame the quarter."
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