The development group seeking to develop and build a Baltimore City casino announced Friday it had added four Black partners to the $310 million initiative.

The announcement came the same day that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley detailed plans for a special session of the state’s general assembly to allow table games, a move he said was necessary to keep the state up to speed with gambling offered by its neighbors.

CBAC Gaming LLC, a development group backed by Caesars Entertainment and Rock Gaming, seeks a license to operate a video lottery terminal facility in downtown Baltimore, and has a bid before the Maryland Lottery Location Commission.

Added to the group were Baltimore investor Eddie C. Brown; financial executive Cecil Flamer; former information technology executive Maria Beckett; and financial consultant James Scott Jr.

“We are pleased to add the vast expertise and commitment to Greater Baltimore that Eddie, Cecil, Maria and James bring to our team,” said Caesars Entertainment Chairman and CEO Gary Loveman. “As we prepare for the Maryland Lottery Location Commission to issue its decision with regard to our bid for the Baltimore City VLT license, we are fortunate to have an exceptional group of local partners who are dedicated to bringing a world-class casino entertainment facility to Baltimore.”

The special session is set to begin Aug. 9, and in addition to the table games proposal would weigh whether to allow a casino in Prince George’s County, Md. The state has three casinos already in operation at Arundel Mills Mall in Howard County, at Ocean Downs in Berlin, Md., and in Perryville, Md. In addition to the Baltimore City location, plans are also moving forward for a fifth casino at Rocky Gap State Park in Western Maryland.