Verbal Betting Clarificiation Needed. When is it final!?
I'm a little new to poker and wanted clarification on an action that took place last night at a holdem game with my friends.
My cousin and I were in a hand, head to head. It was my cousin's turn to bet. He starts counting his chips and says 500..., then I immediately go for a big stack of my chip, about to re-raise him to 1500. He clearly sees this and then says, wait, I change my mind, I realized I didn't want to make the move. He claims he didn't notice some cards until then (there was a potential for a straight which I had). I think he was trying to bluff me, but as soon as he saw I was eager he changed his mind. I acted a bit fast, but thought his move was done.
My argument was he said he was going to play by making a bet, making it final. His... and the tables, unfortunately, who ended up agreeing with him, said since he did not push in the money in the table it did not make his bet final. They determined that placing the chips on the table is the final bet.
I believe a verbal call overrides any physical action in poker, but did I act too quickly for it to count?
Can someone please clarify what should have happened here?