I don't normally pay much attention to special points deals, but just returned from four days in Vegas staying at the Downtown Grand where they have a "5x Points" Thursday promotion. My wife and I played several hours of video poker there Thursday and racked up what seemed like a lot of points. When I inquired about what they were good for, the answer was basically nothing. Seems like food and free play credits are determined only on "base points," which don't vary with the special promos. They couldn't tell me anything specific about the value to us of the bonus points. Anyone else familiar with point systems and whether it's normal for there to be different point categories? If so, what are "bonus points" typically good for, or are these point promos just a gimmick to get people in who don't realize they really aren't worth anything?