The phase of each deal that occurs after cutting the starter, in which players sequentially play their cards face up in an attempt to form scoring combinations. This phase is distinct from the counting of the hands and crib, which immediately follows. To avoid confusion with other less-specialized meanings of the word play, North American players have come to prefer the term pegging
To play a hand in poker means to make it past the initial round of betting. In seven card stud, this usually means calling the bring-in, while in hold'em, this means calling the big blind. If someone says they haven't played a hand in hours, they're not usually telling you that they've been walking, they're whining that they haven't had cards good enough to play. Don't encourage them.To make a play, or put a play on (someone), means to present a pattern of behavior inconsistent with your cards, that will mislead your opponent and cause them to make a mistake. Often this means bluffing them out of a pot, but it can also mean getting them to call when you have a strong hand, or more generally anything calculated to guide their behavior.