StakesThe stakes of a poker game give the minimum size of a bet. They are often denoted with a slash, e.g. $2/$4 for a fixed limit game in which the small bet is $2 and the big bet is $4. For a no limit or pot limit game with a minimum bet size of $4, it would be written $4/$4 since the amount does not change from one betting round to the next
The stakes determine how much money is at stake at a particular table. The higher they are, the higher the bets and hence the pots and the money that can be won.
Limit, Fixed Limit, No-Limit, Pot Limit