There is no other way. You have no edge in a tight Hold'em game and you only have an edge in a loose game if you play tight. It might be possible to play loose and win in the long run if all the other players are complete idiots, but nature does not provide enough complete idiots who play Hold'em poker.
As players come and go during a Hold'em poker session the game will sometimes get tighter. You'll see more players folding on the first round. The pots will be smaller. If your Hold'em game gets too tight, find a better game or don't play at all.
You want to be the only tight player in a loose Hold'em poker game, but often there are one or more other tight players at the table. Sometimes loose players tighten up their play for whatever reason, but that's usually temporary. You'll have to take all of this into consideration when evaluating a Hold'em poker game. There's no exact way to measure it, but you can develop a feel for it.
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