I have seen several thread topics regarding asking for backend comps and getting the response of using Express Comps first. So I have a few questions: Aren't EC points actually backend comps? If they are not, what are they? If they are, why are they an unacceptable comp to players? After getting upfront comps, which are essentially a backend comp from a previous trip, why the animosity toward MGM? Is there a guideline, chart, or formula that the hosts or MLife desk can give to players to allow us to understand what can be expected? I think the hotel/casino market is rising so comps are gradually on their way down and will continue to drop. Especially since competition is going to be static for the next few years with no new casinos being built. Essentially, why give out comps when they don't have to? But please help me understand EC and other comp expectations. Thanks.