Hi, I'm new to playing live; someone at my table recently made a comment about my playing and I didn't get a chance to ask him to explain. Hopefully, someone can give me some insight based on the best recollection I had of the hand:
I had a 4 and 5 unsuited preflop, and hit a straight on the flop. I bet, and it was down to me and one other player. Since I didn't have the top straight, I checked on the turn to see what he would do. When he checked too, I bet on the river. He took a moment, called, and showed two pair.
Everyone at the table was genial, but one person commented (nicely, and knowing it was one of my first live games), "That could've been trouble since you checked on the turn. It slowed down the betting."
I'm curious to know if I committed a faux pas, that could have caused a problem with a more tempermental player. My line of thinking was to both guage what he was holding, and also string him along - if I suddenly bet on a lower card on the river it could have thrown him off my hand. Was this good playing, or a rookie move that gets under the skin of more experienced players?