I've seen all available definitions of "valet" but none of them makes sense.

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    You need to give us the context in which play valet occurred. – StoneyB Jul 5 '16 at 13:42
  • With the sense valet = manservant, you could reasonably use it in Don't call me Jeeves! I won't play valet to your Bertie Wooster! – FumbleFingers Jul 5 '16 at 13:54
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    Might refer to the video game, but as StoneyB says without context we might as well play charades. – Laure Jul 5 '16 at 13:59

I assume the item of confusion may be the phrase "to play [at] {something}" which is an idiom meaning "to pretend to be {something}".

If I was going to drive you around, I might say I'm "playing chauffeur". I'm not really a chauffeur (a person paid to drive you around); I'm just playing at it.

So if someone said they were playing valet, it might mean they were going to park your car for you (but they are not really a valet) or maybe they're tying your tie for you or straightening up your suit -- they aren't your real personal valet (manservant), but they are playing one for now.

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