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                          August 17, 2021

       Fred Drake
       Chief Executive Officer
       HBT Financial, Inc.
       401 North Hershey Road
       Bloomington, Illinois 61704

                                                        Re: HBT Financial, Inc.
Statement on Form S-4
                                                            Filed on August 11,
                                                            File No. 333-258701

       Dear Mr. Drake:

              This is to advise you that we have not reviewed and will not
review your registration

               Please refer to Rules 460 and 461 regarding requests for
acceleration. We remind you
       that the company and its management are responsible for the accuracy and
adequacy of their
       disclosures, notwithstanding any review, comments, action or absence of
action by the staff.

                                                        Please contact Susan
Block at 202-551-3210 with any questions.


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