The Missouri Gaming Commission paves the way for a change in ownership for Mark Twain Casino.

The commission Wednesday approved a change of control petition from Z Capital Group LLC to purchase all the outstanding shares of Affinity Gaming, owners of the LaGrange facility, along with St. Jo Frontier Casino in St. Joseph.

The two companies hope to have the deal closed in the first quarter of 2017.

Mark Twain Casino opened in LaGrange in 2001 and had been owned by Affinity Gaming since 2011.