April 17, 2023




United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Division of Corporation Finance

100 F Street, NE

Washington, D.C. 20549

Attention:  Robert Arzonetti


Re: HBT Financial, Inc.
  Request for Acceleration of Effectiveness of Form S-3
  SEC File No. 333-270466 (“Registration Statement”)


Dear Mr. Arzonetti:


On behalf of HBT Financial, Inc., as registrant, the undersigned officer hereby requests that the effective date for the Registration Statement be accelerated so that it will be declared effective at 3:00 p.m. (Washington, D.C. time) on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 or as soon as practicable thereafter.


The staff should feel free to telephone Abdul R. Mitha of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, the registrant’s legal counsel, at (312) 629-5171 with any questions or comments.


  Very truly yours,
  HBT Financial, Inc.
  /s/ J. Lance Carter
  J. Lance Carter
  President and Chief Operating Officer