I am not quite sure I fully understand the meaning of the expression "play to." What does, for example, the following mean?
" Saddam Hussain always played to religion."
" To play to one's strengths.
I think I understand what it means to play to the gallery or to the crowd which is to try to please or to win the favor of, but is the expression used in a different sense in the above two examples?
With kind regards,
I guess 'to play to', in your examples, means 'to presume on something'.