Focus on the pronunciation of ante
English definition of “ante”
/ˈænti/ noun [S]
› an amount of money that each person must risk in order to be part of a game: a $30 ante
up the ante (also raise the ante) › to increase your demands or the risks in a situation: The question for both sides is how far to up the ante. Lenders continue to up the ante with generous new rates, bonuses, and introductory offers.