8 Player Hardwood Marbles and Jokers Game

Only dark Sapele (mahogany) paddles
Fully sanded and ready to finish
10 days

In Marbles and Jokers, players race their marbles around the track by drawing cards. The first player to get their five marbles home wins the game. You can also play with teams. Marbles and Jokers is particularly popular with RVers. It is portable and stores neatly in its box.

The game is also known as Pegs And Jokers, Jokers and Pegs, the Social Security Game, and Jokers and Marbles. The game is similar to Parcheesi and Sorry, which were derived from the ancient Indian game of Pachisi.

Our Pegs and Jokers and Marbles and Jokers games are played the same. The difference is that Marbles and Jokers paddles are 2 inches longer to accommodate the marbles. And, obviously, our Pegs and Jokers are played with pegs rather than marbles.

For ages 7 and up. 2 to 8 players.

Card Movement
Ace Either bring one peg out of start to come-out or move one peg forward 1 hole
2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Move one peg forward 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 holes
7 Either move one peg forward 7 holes, or split 7 between two pegs
8 Move one peg backward 8 holes
9 Either move one peg forward 9 holes or split 9 moves between two pegs - one moving forward and the other backward
10 Move one peg forward 10 holes
Jack Queen King Either bring one peg out of start or move one peg forward 10 holes
Joker Bring one peg out of start and place it in any hole on the track

Full instructions are included in the box.

The game includes everything needed to play!

Included With Your Marbles and Jokers Game

♦ 48 marbles of eight vivid colors. The marbles are 9/16" diameter.
♦ Printed playing instructions.
♦ 4 decks of playing cards.
♦ A velveteen draw string bag to store the marbles.
♦ Eight 14" solid hardwood Marbles & Jokers game paddles made of 4 different hardwoods.
♦ Your game arrives in a reusable white cardboard box that you can use to store the game.

Hardwood Game Paddles

Our hardwood game paddles are 14" long, 3 inches high, and 3/4" thick. Each paddle is finished with a durable shellac/urethane varnish finish. Most of the woods are harvested here in Upstate New York from replenished forests.

You will get 8 game paddles made from four different hardwoods. 2 Rock Maple paddles, 2 Cherry paddles, 2 Sapele (mahogany) paddles, and 2 Oak paddles. Or, check the Dark Wood option above to get all dark Sapele (mahogany) paddles.

The paddles interlock with loose round mortise and tenon joints (see the photos).


You get 6 marbles for each game paddle: A total of 48 marbles of eight different colors. Although only 40 marbles are needed to play an 8-player game (5 pegs per player), our unique design adds one stationary marble to the top of each paddle to indicate each player's color. This unique design allows each player or team to choose both a hardwood paddle and a marble color. Players can easily see each color's home position even if all of a player's marbles are in play.

Marbles and Jokers Player color indicator


Each paddle is 14 inches long and approximately 3" high. They are 3/4" thick solid hardwood, finished with durable polyurethane.
* A 4 player game consumes 14 inches square.
* A 6 player game consumes 26 inches square.
* An 8 player game consumes 31 inches square.

Marbles and Jokers Paddle Dimensions

Marbles and Jokers Game dimensions

Note that the photos shown are of one of our Marbles and Jokers games and are not necessarily photos of the exact item you will receive.

i bought this as a gift for my daughter an son in law and they love it.
It is a beautifully made wooden game, but it is heavy and large. I guess I don’t know what size it should be but had hoped to take it on a cruise but, alas, it is too heavy. Also my husband and I just can’t figure out how to play this game from the instructions. I wonder what we are missing?
Excellent quality! Pictures do some justice but finished product is a #1 quality. My family loves this game and it will be an heirloom for generations to come.
Wow! Honesty....High Quality....No hassles....My family loves the Joker game and the cutting board.

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Don is amazing! The craftsmanship is awesome, made with love. Thanks again, for your help getting this to me in a rush!
We discovered this game last year from some friends and now play it frequently with two other couples. They both ordered a set online but it was kind of thin and the fit and finish wasn't great. Don's set looked to be much better quality so I ordered it and am happy I did. It's very well made, very solid, and the fit and finish is great. The storage box is a nice bonus as well, but as other people have said, if he made a nice wooden storage box to hold the set, I'd definitely get it. All in all well worth the price, especially compared to the other sets I've seen that were roughly the same cost but noticeably lower quality.
I gave Don Strenz Woodworking "8 Player Hardwood Marbles and Jokers Games" as Christmas gifts to all of my friends and family in 2016. Everyone was very impressed with the craftsmanship of the game board paddles and love playing the game. We have made playing Marbles and Jokers a family tradition for all gatherings.
I played this game for the first time last summer while at the lake with friends. We played on a homemade board for 4 players. It is so much fun that when I returned home I went online to see what was available. I found this option for the connecting board pieces and ordered a set for up to 8 players. The wood it high quality and the marbles fit perfectly.

After receiving the game I noticed a few of the blue marbles were a different color than the others in the set. I contacted Don and sent a picture of all the marbles. He responded by sending replacement blue marbles. He has been great to work with!

I love the game and would highly recommend Don Strenz Woodworking!
I had a custom combination of wood selected, and it is gorgeous.
This is a fun game my family has played for years. I always wanted one of these, but couldn’t find it in any store. I searched on the web and this one seemed to be the best quality, and was reasonably priced, so I bought two – one for myself and one for my daughter.
I was really happy with the marble and joker game. Beautiful wood and really nicely made. I'll recommend you to anyone looking for game boards
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