EXECUTIVE RETENTION AGREEMENT


         AGREEMENT by and between Dave & Buster's, Inc. (the "COMPANY"), and W.
C. Hammett, Jr. (the "Executive"), dated as of the 3rd day of December, 2001.

         The Compensation Committee of the Company, (the "COMMITTEE"), has
determined that it is in the best interests of the Company and its owners to
assure that the Company will have the continued dedication of the Executive,
notwithstanding the possibility, threat or occurrence of a Change of Control (as
defined in Section 2) of Dave & Buster's, Inc. (the "CORPORATION"). The
Committee believes it is imperative to minimize distraction of the Executive
resulting from personal uncertainties and risks created by a pending or
threatened Change of Control, to encourage the Executive's full attention and
dedication to the Company currently and in the event of any threatened or
pending Change of Control, and to provide the Executive with compensation and
benefits arrangements upon a Change of Control that satisfy the compensation and
benefits expectations of the Executive and are competitive with those of other
corporations. Therefore, in order to accomplish these objectives, the Committee
has caused the Company to enter into this Agreement.

         NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

         1. Certain Definitions.

                  (a) The "EFFECTIVE DATE" shall mean the first date during the
Change of Control Period (as defined in Section 1(b)) on which a Change of
Control occurs. Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if a
Change of Control occurs and if the Executive's employment with the Company is
terminated by the Company within ninety (90) days prior to the date on which the
Change of Control occurs, then for all purposes of this Agreement the "EFFECTIVE
DATE" shall mean the date immediately prior to the date of such termination of
employment.

                  (b) The "CHANGE OF CONTROL PERIOD" shall mean the period
commencing on the date hereof and ending on the third anniversary of such date;
provided, however, that commencing on the date one year after the date hereof,
and on each annual anniversary of such date (such date and each annual
anniversary thereof shall be hereinafter referred to as the "RENEWAL DATE"), the
Change of Control Period shall be automatically extended so as to terminate
three years from such Renewal Date, unless at least 60 days prior to the Renewal
Date the Company shall give notice to the Executive that the Change of Control
Period shall not be so extended.

         2. Control. For the purpose of this Agreement, a "CHANGE OF CONTROL"
shall mean:

                  (a) Acquisition by any individual, entity or group (within the
meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as amended (the


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"EXCHANGE ACT")) (a "PERSON") of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of
Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act) of 30% or more of either (i) the
then outstanding shares of common stock of the Corporation (the "OUTSTANDING
COMMON STOCK") or (ii) the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting
securities of the Corporation entitled to vote generally in the election of its
directors (the "OUTSTANDING VOTING SECURITIES"); provided, however, that the
following acquisitions shall not constitute a Change of Control: (i) any
acquisition directly from the Corporation (excluding an acquisition by virtue of
the exercise of a conversion privilege), (ii) any acquisition by the
Corporation, (iii) any acquisition by any employee benefit plan (or related
trust) sponsored or maintained by the Corporation or any corporation controlled
by the Corporation or (iv) any acquisition by any corporation pursuant to a
reorganization, merger or consolidation, if, following such reorganization,
merger or consolidation, the conditions described in clauses (i), (ii) and (iii)
of subsection (c) of this Section 2 are satisfied; or

                  (b) Individuals who, as of the date hereof, constitute the
Board of Directors of the Corporation (the "INCUMBENT BOARD") cease for any
reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board of Directors said
Corporation (the "BOARD"); provided, however, that any individual becoming a
director subsequent to the date hereof whose election, or nomination for
election by the Corporation's shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a
majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be
considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but
excluding, for this purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of
office occurs as a result of either an actual or threatened election contest (as
such terms are used in Rule 14a-11 of Regulation 14.A promulgated under the
Exchange Act) or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents
by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board; or

                  (c) Approval by the shareholders of the Corporation of a
reorganization, merger or consolidation, in each case, unless, following such
reorganization, merger or consolidation, (i) more than 50% of the then
outstanding shares of common stock of the corporation resulting from such
reorganization, merger or consolidation and more than 50% of the combined voting
power of the then outstanding voting securities of such corporation entitled to
vote generally in the election of directors is then beneficially owned, directly
or indirectly, by all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who
were the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Outstanding Common Stock and
Outstanding Voting Securities immediately prior to such reorganization, merger
or consolidation in substantially the same proportions as their ownership
immediately prior to such reorganization, merger or consolidation, of the
Outstanding Common Stock and Outstanding Voting Securities, as the case may be;
(ii) no Person (excluding the Corporation, any employee benefit plan (or related
trust) of the Corporation or such corporation resulting from such
reorganization, merger or consolidation and any Person beneficially owning,
immediately prior to such reorganization, merger or consolidation, directly or
indirectly, 30% or more of the Outstanding Common Stock or Outstanding Voting
Securities, as the case may be) beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, 30%
or more of the then outstanding shares of common stock of the corporation
resulting from such reorganization, merger or consolidation or the combined
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the then outstanding voting securities of such corporation entitled to vote
generally in the election of directors; and (iii) at least a majority of the
members of the board of directors of the corporation resulting from such
reorganization, merger or consolidation were members of the Incumbent Board at
the time of the execution of the initial agreement providing for such
reorganization, merger or consolidation; or

                  (d) Approval by the shareholders of the Corporation of (i) a
complete liquidation or dissolution of the Corporation or (ii) the sale or other
disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation, other
than to a corporation with respect to which, following such sale or other
disposition, (A) more than 50% of the then outstanding shares of common stock of
such corporation and more than 50% of the combined voting power of the then
outstanding voting securities of such corporation entitled to vote generally in
the election of directors is then beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by
all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who were the beneficial
owners, respectively, of the Outstanding Common Stock and Outstanding Voting
Securities immediately prior to such sale or other disposition in substantially
the same proportion as their ownership immediately prior to such sale or other
disposition of the Outstanding Common Stock or Outstanding Voting Securities, as
the case may be; (B) no Person (excluding the Corporation and any employee
benefit plan (or related trust) of the Corporation or such corporation and any
Person beneficially owning, immediately prior to such sale or other disposition,
directly or indirectly, 30% or more of the Outstanding Common Stock or
Outstanding Voting Securities, as the case may be) beneficially owns, directly
or indirectly, 30% or more of the then outstanding shares of common stock of
such corporation or 30% or more of the combined voting power of the then
outstanding voting securities of such corporation entitled to vote generally in
the election of directors; and (C) at least a majority of the members of the
board of directors of such corporation were members of the Incumbent Board at
the time of the execution of the initial agreement or action of the Board
providing for such sale or other disposition of assets of the Corporation.

A "Change of Control" will not include any transaction otherwise covered by
subsections (a) through (d) above in which beneficial ownership of the
Outstanding Common Stock is acquired by, or the Corporation is merged or
consolidated with an affiliate of, a "group" (within the meaning of Section
13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act) in which David O. Corriveau and James
W. Corley are named participants in a Form 13E-3 (or any successor form) filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission and remain as executive officers and
directors of the Corporation or its successor after the completion of such
transaction.

         3. Employment Period. The Company hereby agrees to continue the
Executive in its employ, and the Executive hereby agrees to remain in the employ
of the Company, in accordance with the terms and provisions of this Agreement,
for the period commencing on the Effective Date and ending on the second
anniversary of such date (the "EMPLOYMENT PERIOD"). Employment by one or more of
the affiliated companies, as hereinafter defined, shall be considered employment
by the Company.


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         4. Terms of Employment.

                  (a) Position and Duties.

                      (i) During the Employment Period, (A) the Executive's
position (including status, offices, titles and reporting requirements),
authority, duties and responsibilities shall be consistent in all material
respects with the most significant of those held, exercised or assigned at any
time during the 90-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date and (B)
the Executive's services shall be performed at the location where the Executive
was employed immediately preceding the Effective Date or any office that is the
headquarters of the Company and is less than 25 miles from such location.

                      (ii) During the Employment Period, and excluding any
periods of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive is entitled, the
Executive agrees to devote reasonable attention and time during normal business
hours to the business and affairs of the Company and, to the extent necessary to
discharge the responsibilities assigned to the Executive hereunder, to use the
Executive's reasonable best efforts to perform faithfully and efficiently such
responsibilities. During the Employment Period it shall not be a violation of
this Agreement for the Executive to (A) serve on corporate, civic or charitable
boards or committees, (B) deliver lectures, fulfill speaking engagements or
teach at educational institutions and (C) manage personal investments, so long
as such activities do not significantly interfere with the performance of the
Executive's responsibilities to the Company. It is expressly understood and
agreed that to the extent that any such activities have been conducted by the
Executive prior to the Effective Date, the continued conduct of such activities
(or the conduct of activities similar in nature and scope thereto) subsequent to
the Effective Date shall not hereafter be deemed to interfere with the
performance of the Executive's responsibilities to the Company.

                  (b) Compensation.

                      (i) Base Salary. During the Employment period, the
Executive shall receive an annual base salary ("ANNUAL BASE SALARY"), which
shall be paid in equal installments on a monthly basis, at least equal to twelve
times the highest monthly base salary paid or payable to the Executive by the
Company and its affiliated companies during the twelve-month period immediately
preceding the month in which the Effective Date occurs. During the Employment
Period, the Annual Base Salary shall be reviewed at least annually and shall be
increased at any time and from time to time as shall be substantially consistent
with increases in base salary generally awarded in the ordinary course of
business to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.
Any increase in Annual Base Salary shall not serve to limit or reduce any other
obligation to the Executive under this Agreement. Annual Base Salary shall not
be reduced after any such increase and the term Annual Base Salary as utilized
in this Agreement shall refer to Annual Base Salary as so increased. As used in
this Agreement, the term "AFFILIATED COMPANIES" shall include any company
controlled by, controlling or under common control with the Company.


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                      (ii) Annual Bonus. In addition to Annual Base Salary, the
Executive shall be awarded, for each fiscal year ending during the Employment
Period, an annual bonus (the "ANNUAL BONUS") in cash at least equal to the
greater of: (a) the maximum bonus that the Executive could have been paid
pursuant to the executive incentive bonus plan in effect ninety (90) days prior
to the Effective Date and (b) fifty percent (50%) of the Annual Base Salary then
in effect. Each such Annual Bonus shall be paid no later than the end of the
third month of the fiscal year next following the fiscal year for which the
Annual Bonus is awarded, unless the Executive shall elect to defer the receipt
of such Annual Bonus.

                      (iii) Incentive, Savings and Retirement Plans. During the
Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in all
incentive, savings and retirement plans, practices, policies and programs
applicable generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies. Such plans, practices, policies and programs shall provide the
Executive with incentive opportunities (measured with respect to both regular
and special incentive opportunities, if any), savings opportunities and
retirement benefit opportunities, in each case, as favorable as the most
favorable of those provided by the Company and its affiliated companies for the
Executive under such plans, practices, policies and programs as in effect at any
time during the 90-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if
more favorable to the Executive, those provided generally at any time after the
Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies.

                      (iv) Welfare Benefit Plans. During the Employment Period,
the Executive and/or the Executive's family, as the case may be, shall be
eligible for participation in and shall receive all benefits under welfare
benefit plans, practices, policies and programs provided by the Company and its
affiliated companies (including, without limitation, medical, prescription,
dental, disability, salary continuance, employee life, group life, accidental
death and travel accident insurance plans and programs) to the extent applicable
generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.
Such plans, practices, policies and programs shall provide the Executive with
benefits that are, in each case, as favorable, as the most favorable of such
plans, practices, policies and programs in effect for the Executive at any time
during the 90-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more
favorable to the Executive, those provided generally at any time after the
Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies.

                      (v) Expenses. During the Employment Period, the Executive
shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable employment
expenses incurred by the Executive in accordance with the most favorable
policies, practices and procedures of the Company and its affiliated companies
in effect for the Executive at any time during the 90-day period immediately
preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in
effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other peer executives of
the Company and its affiliated companies.


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                      (vi) Fringe Benefits. During the Employment Period, the
Executive shall be entitled to fringe benefits in accordance with the most
favorable plans, practices, programs and policies of the Company and its
affiliated companies in effect for the Executive at any time during the 90-day
period immediately preceding the Effective Date, or if more favorable to the
Executive, as in effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other
peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.

                      (vii) Office and Support Staff. During the Employment
Period, the Executive shall be entitled to an office or offices of a size and
with furnishings and other appointments, and to exclusive personal secretarial
and other assistance, at least equal to the most favorable of the foregoing
provided to the Executive by the Company or its affiliated companies at any time
during the 90-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more
favorable to the Executive, as provided generally at any time thereafter with
respect to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.

                      (viii) Vacation. During the Employment Period, the
Executive shall be entitled to paid vacation in accordance with the most
favorable plans, policies, programs and practices of the Company and its
affiliated companies as in effect for the Executive at any time during the
90-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to
the Executive, as in effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to
other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.

        5.      Termination of Employment.

                  (a) Death or Disability. The Executive's employment shall
terminate automatically upon the Executive's death during the Employment Period.
If the Company determines in good faith that the Disability of the Executive has
occurred during the Employment Period (pursuant to the definition of Disability
set forth below), it may give to the Executive written notice in accordance with
Section 12(b) of its intention to terminate the Executive's employment. In such
event, the Executive's employment with the Company shall terminate effective on
the 30th day after receipt of such notice by the Executive (the "DISABILITY
EFFECTIVE DATE"), provided that, within the 30 days after such receipt, the
Executive shall not have returned to full-time performance of the Executive's
duties. For purposes of this Agreement, "DISABILITY" shall mean the absence of
the Executive from the Executive's full-time duties with the Company for 180
consecutive calendar days as a result of incapacity due to mental or physical
illness that is determined to be total and permanent by a physician selected by
the Company or its insurers and acceptable to the Executive or the Executive's
legal representative (such agreement as to acceptability not to be withheld
unreasonably).

                  (b) Cause. The Company may terminate the Executive's
employment during the Employment Period for Cause. For purposes of this
Agreement, "CAUSE" shall be determined by the Committee in exercise of good
faith and reasonable judgment and shall mean (i) a material violation of Company
policy or a material breach by the Executive of the


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Executive's obligations under Section 4(a) (other than as a result of incapacity
due to physical or mental illness) that is demonstrably willful and deliberate
on the Executive's part, committed in bad faith or without reasonable belief
that the action or inaction that constitutes such breach is in the best
interests of the Company, and, if subject to being effectively remedied, is not
remedied in a reasonable period of time after receipt of written notice from the
Company specifying such breach or violation ("NOTE OF BREACH"); or (ii) the
conviction of the Executive of a felony involving moral turpitude.

         If Company delivers a Notice of Breach to Executive describing the
situation to be remedied and Executive fails to remedy such violation or breach
within a reasonable period of time (as determined in the Notice of Breach), a
Notice of Termination delivered to the Executive subsequent to the Notice of
Breach shall become effective retroactively back to the date of delivery of the
Notice of Breach to the Executive.

                  (c) Good Reason. The Executive's employment may be terminated
during the Employment Period by the Executive for Good Reason. For purposes of
this Agreement, "GOOD REASON" shall mean, without the Executive's express
written consent, the occurrence of any one or more of the following:

                      (i) the assignment to the Executive of any duties,
authority or responsibilities materially inconsistent with the Executive's
position (including status, offices, titles and reporting requirements),
authority, duties or responsibilities with the most significant of those held,
exercised or assigned at any time during the 90-day period immediately preceding
the Effective Date (excluding those duties that are only for the purpose of
effecting the Change of Control) or any other action by the Company that results
in a diminution in such position, authority, duties or responsibilities,
excluding for this purpose an isolated action that is insubstantial or
inadvertent and that is remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of notice
thereof given by the Executive;

                      (ii) any failure by the Company to comply with any of the
provisions of Section 4(b), other than an isolated failure that is insubstantial
or inadvertent failure and that is remedied by the Company promptly after
receipt of notice thereof given by the Executive;

                      (iii) the Company's requiring the Executive to be based at
any office or location other than that described in Section 4(a)(i)(B);

                      (iv) any purported termination by the Company of the
Executive's employment otherwise than as expressly permitted by this Agreement;

                      (v) any failure by the Company to obtain a satisfactory
agreement from any successor to the Company to assume and agree to perform the
Company's obligations under this Agreement, as contemplated in Section 11(c)
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                      (vi) the Company requiring the Executive to engage in
excessive travel in comparison to travel required during the 90-day period
immediately preceding the Effective Date; or

                      (vii) a substantial change in organizational reporting
relationships as compared to the 90-day period immediately preceding the
Effective Date that will have a significant impact on the status, offices,
titles and reporting requirements of the Executive.

        The Executive's continued employment shall not constitute consent to, or
a waiver of rights with respect to, any circumstance constituting Good Reason.

                  (d) Notice of Termination. Any termination by the Company for
Cause, or by the Executive for Good Reason, shall be communicated by Notice of
Termination to the other party hereto given in accordance with Section 12(b).
For purposes of this Agreement, a "NOTICE OF TERMINATION" means a written notice
that (i) indicates the specific termination provision in this Agreement relied
upon, (ii) to the extent applicable sets forth in reasonable detail the facts
and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of the Executive's
employment under the provision so indicated and (iii) if the Date of Termination
(as defined below) is other than the date of receipt of such notice, specifies
the termination date of such notice. The failure by the Executive or the Company
to set forth in the Notice of Termination any fact or circumstance that supports
a showing of Good Reason or Cause shall not waive any right of the Executive or
the Company hereunder or preclude the Executive or the Company from later
asserting such fact or circumstance in enforcing the Executive's or the
Company's rights hereunder. The Company may not terminate the Executive's
employment for Cause after the Executive has delivered a Notice of Termination
for Good Reason; nor may the Executive terminate employment with Company for
Good Reason after Company has delivered a Notice of Termination to the
Executive.

                  (e) Date of Termination. "DATE OF TERMINATION" means (i) if
the Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for Cause or by the
Executive for Good Reason, the date of receipt of the Notice of Termination or
any later date specified therein, as the case may be; (ii) if the Executive's
employment is terminated by the Company other than for Cause or Disability, the
date on which the Company notifies the Executive of such termination; and (iii)
if the Executive's employment is terminated by reason of death or Disability,
the date of death of the Executive or the Disability Effective Date, as the case
may be.

         6. Obligations of the Company upon Termination.

                  (a) Good Reason; Other than for Cause, Death or Disability.
If, during the Employment Period, the Company shall terminate the Executive's
employment other than for Cause or Disability or the Executive shall terminate
employment for Good Reason:

                      (i) The Company shall pay to the Executive in a lump sum
in cash within 30 days after the Date of Termination the aggregate of the
following amounts:


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                          A. The sum of (1) the Executive's Annual Base Salary
through the Date of Termination to the extent not theretofore paid, (2) the
product of (x) the Annual Bonus and (y) a fraction, the numerator of which is
the number of days in the current fiscal year through the Date of Termination,
and the denominator of which is 365 and (3) any compensation previously deferred
by the Executive (together with any accrued interest or earnings thereon) and
any accrued vacation pay, in each case to the extent not theretofore paid (the
sum of the amounts described in clauses (1), (2) and (3) shall be hereinafter
referred to as the "ACCRUED OBLIGATIONS"); and

                          B. The amount (such amount shall be hereinafter
referred to as the "SEVERANCE AMOUNT") equal to two (2) times the sum of (x) the
Executive's Annual Base Salary and (y) the Annual Bonus; provided, however, that
such amount shall be reduced by the present value (determined as provided in
Section 280G(d)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the
"CODE")) of any other amount of severance relating to salary or bonus
continuation to be received by the Executive upon termination of employment of
the Executive under any severance plan, policy or arrangement of the Company;
and

                          C. A separate lump-sum supplemental retirement benefit
(the amount of such benefit shall be hereinafter referred to as the
"SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT AMOUNT") equal to the difference between (1) the amount
payable under any Company retirement plan (or any successor plan thereto) (the
"RETIREMENT PLAN"), of which the Executive was a participant, and any
supplemental and/or excess retirement plan of the Company and its affiliated
companies providing benefits for the Executive (the "SERP") that the Executive
would receive if the Executive's employment continued at the compensation level
provided for in Sections 4(b)(i) and 4(b)(ii) for the remainder of the
Employment Period plus two (2) years, assuming for this purpose that all accrued
benefits are fully vested, and (2) the Executive's actual benefit (paid or
payable), if any, under the Retirement Plan and the SERP; and

                      (ii) For the remainder of the Employment Period plus two
(2) years, or such longer period as any plan, program, practice or policy may
provide, the Company shall continue benefits (or pay the pre-tax economic
equivalent) to the Executive and/or the Executive's family at least equal to
those which would have been provided to them in accordance with the plans,
programs, practices and policies described in Sections 4(b)(v) and 4(b)(vii) if
the Executive's employment had not been terminated in accordance with the most
favorable plans, practices, programs or policies of the Company and its
affiliated companies as in effect and applicable generally to other peer
executives and their families during the 90-day period immediately preceding the
Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in effect generally at
any time thereafter with respect to other peer executives of the Company and its
affiliated companies and their families, provided, however, that if the
Executive becomes reemployed with another employer and is eligible to receive
medical or other welfare benefits under another employer provided plan, the
medical and other welfare benefits described herein shall be secondary to those
provided under such other plan during such applicable period of eligibility
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herein set forth shall be hereinafter referred to as "WELFARE BENEFIT
CONTINUATION". For purposes of determining eligibility of the Executive for
retiree benefits pursuant to such plans, practices, programs and policies, the
Executive shall be considered to have remained employed until the end of the
Employment Period and to have retired on the last day of such period; and

                      (iii) To the extent not theretofore paid or provided, for
the remainder of the Employment Period plus two (2) years, or such longer period
as any plan, program, practice or policy may provide, the Company shall timely
pay or provide to the Executive and/or the Executive's family any other amounts
or benefits (or the pre-tax economic equivalent) required to be paid or provided
or which the Executive and/or the Executive's family is eligible to receive
pursuant to this Agreement and under any plan, program, policy or practice or
contract or agreement of the Company and its affiliated companies as in effect
and applicable generally to other peer executives of the Company and its
affiliated companies and their families during the 90-day period immediately
preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in
effect generally thereafter with respect to other peer executives of the Company
and its affiliated companies and their families (such other amounts and benefits
shall be hereinafter referred to as the "OTHER BENEFITS").

                  (b) Death. If the Executive's employment is terminated by
reason of the Executive's death during, the Employment Period, this Agreement
shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive's legal
representatives under this Agreement, other than for (i) payment of Accrued
Obligations (which shall be paid to the Executive's estate or beneficiary, as
applicable, in a lump sum in cash within 30 days of the Date of Termination) and
the timely payment or provision of the Welfare Benefit Continuation and Other
Benefits (excluding, in each case, Death Benefits (as defined below)) and (ii)
payment to the Executive's estate or beneficiary, as applicable, in a lump-sum
in cash within 30 days of the Date of Termination of an amount equal to (A) the
sum of the Severance Amount and the Supplemental Retirement Amount reduced, but
not below zero, by (B) the present value (determined as provided in Section
280G(d)(4) of the Code) of any cash amount to be received by the Executive or
the Executive's family as a death benefit pursuant to the terms of any plan,
policy or arrangement of the Company and its affiliated companies, but not
including any proceeds of life insurance covering the Executive to the extent
paid for directly or on a contributory basis by the Executive (which shall be
paid in any event as an Other Benefit) (the benefits included in this clause (B)
shall be hereinafter referred to as the "DEATH BENEFITS").

                  (c) Disability. If the Executive's employment is terminated by
reason of the Executive's Disability during the Employment Period, this
Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive, other
than for (i) payment of Accrued Obligations (which shall be paid to the
Executive in a lump sum in cash within 30 days of the Date of Termination) and
the timely payment of provision of the Welfare Benefit Continuation and Other
Benefits (excluding, in each case, Disability Benefits, as defined below) and
(ii) payment to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within 30 days of the Date
of Termination of an amount equal to (A) the sum of the Severance Amount and the
Supplemental Retirement Amount reduced, but not below zero, by (B) the present
value (determined as provided in Section 280G(d)(4) of


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the Code) of any cash amount to be received by the Executive as a disability
benefit pursuant to the terms of any plan, policy or arrangement of the Company
and its affiliated companies, but not including any proceeds of disability
insurance covering the Executive to the extent paid for directly or on a
contributory basis by the Executive (which shall be paid in any event as an
Other Benefit) (the benefits included in this clause (B) shall be hereinafter
referred to as the "DISABILITY BENEFITS").

                  (d) Cause; Other than for Good Reason. If the Executive's
employment shall be terminated for Cause during the Employment Period, this
Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the Executive other
than the obligation to pay to the Executive Annual Base Salary through the Date
of Termination plus the amount of any compensation previously deferred by the
Executive, in each case to the extent theretofore unpaid. If the Executive
terminates employment during the Employment Period, excluding a termination for
Good Reason, this Agreement shall terminate without further obligations to the
Executive, other than for Accrued Obligations and the timely payment or
provision of Other Benefits. In such case, all Accrued Obligations shall be paid
to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within 30 days of the Date of
Termination.

         7. Non-exclusivity of Rights. Except as provided in Sections 6(a)(ii),
6(b) and 6(c), nothing in this Agreement shall prevent or limit the Executive's
continuing or future participation in any plan, program, policy or practice
provided by the Company or any of its affiliated companies and for which the
Executive may qualify, nor shall anything herein limit or otherwise affect such
rights as the Executive may have under any contract or agreement with the
Company or any of its affiliated companies. Amounts that are vested benefits or
that the Executive is otherwise entitled to receive under any plan, policy,
practice or program of or any contract or agreement with the Company or any of
its affiliated companies at or subsequent to the Date of Termination shall be
payable in accordance with such plan, policy, practice or program or contract or
agreement except as explicitly modified by this Agreement.

         8. Full Settlement; Resolution of Disputes.

                  (a) The Company's obligation to make the payments provided for
in this Agreement and otherwise to perform its obligations hereunder shall not
be affected by any set-off, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other claim,
right or action which the Company may have against the Executive or others. In
no event shall the Executive be obligated to seek other employment or take any
other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable to the Executive under
any of the provisions of this Agreement and, except as provided in Section
6(a)(ii), such amounts shall not be reduced if the Executive obtains other
employment.

                  (b) Parties recognize that there may be disputes between them
as to whether the circumstances of the Executive's termination are covered by
Section 6(a), (b) or (c) as the Executive and/or the Executive's family may
contend or are covered by Section 6(d) as Company may contend. In the event of
such a dispute, there may be a need for a binding ruling by a neutral decision
maker. In such an event, the following shall apply:


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                      (i) If the Executive delivers a Notice of Termination to
Company based on Section 6(a), (b) or (c), Company must pay the benefits
provided in Section 6 unless Company commences arbitration to resolve the
dispute within 30 days of the receipt of a Notice of Termination by the
Executive. Failure to commence arbitration within the time stated is deemed an
admission by Company of the Executive's reason for termination.

                      (ii) If Company delivers a Notice of Termination based on
Section 6(d), Executive and/or Executive's family must commence arbitration to
dispute the terms of such termination. Failure to commence arbitration within 60
days of the receipt of a Notice of Termination from Company is deemed an
admission by the Executive of termination pursuant to Section 6(d).

                      (iii) Arbitration shall be conducted before a panel of
three (3) arbitrators sitting in a location selected by the Executive within
fifty (50) miles from the location of his job with the Company, in accordance
with the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in effect. One
arbitrator shall be selected by the Company. One arbitrator shall be selected by
the Executive. The third arbitrator shall be selected by the two arbitrators
selected by the Company and the Executive. Judgment may be entered on the award
of the arbitrators in any court having proper jurisdiction, and such shall
constitute the final, nonappealable decision.

                      (iv) Company agrees to pay promptly as incurred, to the
full extent permitted by law, all legal fees and expenses that the Executive may
reasonably incur as a result of any contest by the Company, the Executive or
others of the validity or enforceability of, or liability under, any provision
of this Agreement or any guarantee of performance thereof (including as a result
of any contest by the Executive about the amount of any payment pursuant to this
Agreement), including all costs of arbitration, plus in each case interest on
any delayed payment at the applicable Federal rate provided for in Section
7872(f)(2)(A) of the Code.

                      (v) During the pendency of a dispute resolution, Company
shall proceed to pay Annual Base Salary and Annual Bonus (referred to
collectively as "CONTINUATION BENEFITS") to the Executive and/or the Executive's
family or other beneficiaries, as the case may be, as though no such termination
had occurred.

                          (A) If it is determined that the Executive's
contention that Section 6(a), (b) or (c) was applicable, no portion of the
Continuation Benefits will be recoverable by Company, nor shall any portion of
such be credited towards the benefits due (per Section 6) to the Executive. If
such a contention is not sustained by the arbitration panel, all Continuation
Benefits are recoverable by Company, plus interest at the rate of interest that
Company could have earned on amounts paid for such Continuation Benefits.


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                          (B) If it is determined that Company's contention that
Section 6(d) was applicable is found to be incorrect, none of the Continuation
Benefits shall be credited to the benefits due (per Section 6) to the Executive.
If, however, Company's contention that Section 6(d) was applicable is found to
be correct, all amounts paid by Company as Continuation Benefits shall be
recoverable from Executive plus interest at the rate of interest that Company
could have earned on the amounts paid for such Continuation Benefits.

                          (C) If the Executive does not make payment of the
Continuation Benefits and accrued interest due to Company within 60 days
following the resolution of the dispute for any amounts recoverable by Company,
interest (on the total amount due) shall be due at the lesser of:

                              (1)    The rate published as the Prime Rate in the
                                     Wall Street Journal plus one percentage
                                     point on the date of receipt of the Notice
                                     of Termination; or

                              (2)    The maximum amount of interest allowed by
                                     law.

                          (D) If the Company does not pay any amount due to the
Executive hereunder within the time provided, then in addition to such amount,
Company shall pay Executive an amount of interest (on the total amount due) at
the lesser of:

                              (1)    The rate published as the Prime Rate in the
                                     Wall Street Journal plus one percentage
                                     point on the date such payment is due; or

                              (2)    The maximum amount of interest allowed by
                                     law.

         9. Limitation on Termination Payment.

                  (a) Determination of Termination Payment Limit.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, if any portion of the
Severance Amount or any other payment under this Agreement, or under any other
agreement with or plan of the Company (in the aggregate "TOTAL PAYMENTS") would
constitute an Excess Parachute Payment, then the payments to be made to the
Executive under this Agreement shall be reduced such that the value of the
aggregate Total Payments that the Executive is entitled to receive shall be one
dollar ($1) less than the maximum amount which the Executive may receive without
becoming subject to the tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, or which the
Company may pay without loss of deduction under Section 280G(a) of the Code.
However, the payments to be made to the Executive under this Agreement shall be
reduced if and only if so reducing the payments results in the Executive
receiving a greater net Severance Amount than he would have received had a
reduction not occurred and an excise tax been paid pursuant to Code Section
4999. For purposes of this Agreement, the terms "EXCESS PARACHUTE PAYMENT" and
"PARACHUTE PAYMENTS" shall have the meanings assigned to them in Section 280G of
the Code, and such Parachute Payments shall be valued as provided therein.


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                  (b) Procedure for Establishing Limitation on Termination
Payment. Within sixty (60) days following delivery of the Notice of Termination
or notice by the Company to the Executive of its belief that there is a payment
or benefit due the Executive which will result in an "Excess Parachute Payment",
the Executive and the Company, at the Company's expense, shall obtain the
opinion of such legal counsel, which need not be unqualified, as the Executive
may choose, which sets forth: (i) the amount of the Executive's "Annualized
Includible Compensation For The Base Period" (as defined in Code Section
280G(d)(1)); (ii) the present value of the Total Payments; and (iii) the amount
and present value of any Excess Parachute Payment. The opinion of such legal
counsel may be supported by the opinion of a certified public accounting firm
and, if necessary, a firm of recognized executive compensation consultants. Such
opinion shall be binding upon the Company and the Executive. In the event that
such opinion determines that there would be an Excess Parachute Payment, the
Severance Amount hereunder or any other payment determined by such counsel to be
includible in Total Payments shall be reduced or eliminated so that under the
basis of calculations set forth in such opinion, there will be no Excess
Parachute Payment. The provisions of this Section 9(b), including the
calculations, notices, and opinion provided for herein shall be based upon the
conclusive presumption that: (i) the compensation and benefits provided for
herein; and (ii) any other compensation earned prior to the Effective Date of
termination by the Executive pursuant to the Company's compensation programs (if
such payments would have been made in the future in any event, even though the
timing of such payment is triggered by the Change-of-Control), are reasonable.

                  (c) Subsequent Imposition of Excise Tax. If, notwithstanding
compliance with the provisions of Sections 9(a), and 9(b) herein, it is
ultimately determined by a court or pursuant to a final determination by the
Internal Revenue Service that any portion of the Total Payments is considered to
be a Parachute Payment, subject to excise tax under Section 4999 of the Code,
which was not contemplated to be a Parachute Payment at the time of payment (so
as to accurately determine whether a limitation benefit to the Executive, as
provided in Section 9(b) hereof), the Executive shall be entitled to receive a
lump sum cash payment sufficient to place the Executive in the same net
after-tax position, computed by using the Special Tax Rate (as such term is
defined below), that the Executive would have been in had such payment not been
subject to such excise tax, and had the Executive not incurred any interest
charges or penalties with respect to the imposition of such excise tax. For
purposes of this Agreement, the "SPECIAL TAX RATE" shall be the highest
effective federal and state marginal tax rates applicable to the Executive in
the year in which the payment contemplated under this Section 9 is made.


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         10. Confidential Information. The Executive shall hold in a fiduciary
capacity for the benefit of the Company all secret or confidential information,
knowledge or data relating to the Company or any of its affiliated companies,
and their respective businesses, which shall have been obtained by the Executive
during the Executive's employment by the Company or any of its affiliated
companies and which shall not be or have become public knowledge (other than by
acts by the Executive or representatives of the Executive in violation of this
Agreement). After termination of the Executive's employment with the Company,
the Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company or as
may otherwise be required by law or legal process, communicate or divulge any
such information, knowledge or data to anyone other than the Company and those
designated by it. In no event shall an asserted violation of the provisions of
this Section 10 constitute a basis for deferring or withholding any amounts
otherwise payable to the Executive under this Agreement.

         11. Successors.

                  (a) This Agreement is personal to the Executive and without
the prior written consent of the Company shall not be assignable by the
Executive otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. This
Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's
legal representatives.

                  (b) This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be
binding upon the Company and its successors and assigns.

                  (c) The Company will require any successor (whether direct or
indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or
substantially all of the business and/or assets of the Company to assume
expressly and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same
extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such succession
had taken place. As used in this Agreement, "COMPANY" shall mean the Company as
hereinbefore defined and any successor to its business and/or assets as
aforesaid that assumes and agrees to perform this Agreement by operation of law,
or otherwise.

                  (d) Failure of the Company to obtain such assumption and
agreement prior to the effective date of any such succession shall be a breach
of this Agreement and shall entitle the Executive to compensation from the
Company in the same amount and on the same terms as the Executive would be
entitled to hereunder if he had terminated his employment with the Company
voluntarily for Good Reason. For the purpose of implementing the foregoing, the
date on which any such succession becomes effective shall be deemed the Date of
Termination.

         12. Miscellaneous.

                  (a) This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in
accordance with the laws of the State of Texas, without reference to principles
of conflict of laws. The captions of this Agreement are not part of the
provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect. This Agreement may not be
amended or modified otherwise than by a written agreement executed by the
parties hereto or their respective successors and legal representatives.


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                  (b) All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in
writing and shall be given by hand delivery to the other party or by registered
or certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as
follows:

        If to the Executive:

                  W. C. Hammett, Jr.
                  17130 Freshwater Lane
                  Cornelius, North Carolina 28031

        If to the Company:

                  Dave & Buster's, Inc.
                  2481 Manana Drive
                  Dallas, Texas 75220
                  Attention: General Counsel

or to such other address as either party shall have furnished to the other in
writing in accordance herewith. Notice and communications shall be effective
when actually received by the addressee.

                  (c) The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of
this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other
provision of this Agreement.

                  (d) The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under
this Agreement such Federal, state or local taxes as shall be required to be
withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.

                  (e) The Executive's or the Company's failure to insist upon
strict compliance with any provision hereof or any other provision of this
Agreement or the failure to assert any right the Executive or the Company may
have hereunder, including, without limitation, the right of the Executive to
terminate employment for Good Reason pursuant to Section 5(c)(i)-(v), shall not
be deemed to be a waiver of such provision or right or any other provision or
right of this Agreement.

                  (f) The Executive and the Company acknowledge that, except as
may otherwise be provided under any other written agreement between the
Executive and the Company, the employment of the Executive by the Company prior
to the Effective Date is" at will" and may be terminated by either the Executive
of the Company at any time. If prior to the Effective Date, the Executive's
employment with the Company terminates, the Executive shall have no further
rights and obligations under this Agreement.


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                  (g) No provision of this Agreement may be modified, waived, or
discharged unless such modification, waiver, or discharge is agreed to in
writing and signed by the Executive and by an authorized member of the
Committee, or by the respective parties' legal representatives and successors.

                  (h) The Company and Wachovia Bank of North Carolina, N.A., as
Trustee have previously executed the Dave & Buster's, Inc. Executive Retention
Agreement Trust dated April 3, 2000. The Company covenants with Executive to:
(i) identify Executive as a Plan Participant thereunder by amending Attachment 1
thereto; and (ii) make all payments required of the Company pursuant to such
agreement.

        IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Executive has hereunto set the Executive's hand
and, pursuant to the authorization from its Committee, the Company has caused
these presents to be executed in its name on its behalf, all as of the day and
year first above written.



                              /s/ W.C. Hammett, Jr.
                              ---------------------------------------------
                              W. C. Hammett, Jr.



                              Dave & Buster's, Inc.


                              By:       David O. Corriveau
                                 -----------------------------------------
                              Its:      President
                                  ----------------------------------------


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Source: OneCLE Business Contracts.