August 19, 2021


Via EDGAR Submission


Securities and Exchange Commission

Division of Corporation Finance
100 F Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20549


Attention:   Susan Block
Re:   HBT Financial, Inc.
    Registration Statement on Form S-4
    Initially filed on August 11, 2021
    File Number 333-258701


Ladies and Gentlemen:


HBT Financial, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), hereby requests acceleration of the effective date of its Registration Statement on Form S-4, File No. 333-258701, as amended (the “Registration Statement”), to 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, on Monday, August 23, 2021 or as soon thereafter as practicable.


Please contact James S. Rowe of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, special counsel to the Company, at (312) 862-2191, as soon as the Registration Statement has been declared effective, or if you have any other questions or concerns regarding this matter.


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  HBT Financial, Inc.
  By: /s/ Matthew J. Doherty
  Name: Matthew J. Doherty
  Title: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


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